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Brails, in a sailing ship, are small lines used to haul in or up the edges (leeches) or corners of sails, before furling.[1] On a ship rig, these brails are most often found on the mizzen sail. The command is, hale up the brails, or, brail up the sails.[2] The word brail comes from Middle English brayle, from Anglo-French braiel belt, strap, brail, alteration of Old French braiuel belt, probably ultimately from Latin braca pant.

A brail net is a type of net incorporating brail lines on a small fishing net on a boat or castnet.

A brail net used for casting is also referred to as an English net as opposed to a Spanish net.[3]

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  1. ^ Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1913.
  2. ^  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). "article name needed". Cyclopædia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (first ed.). James and John Knapton, et al.
  3. ^ Bucuvalas, Tina (18 October 2011). "The Florida Folklife Reader". University Press of Mississippi. p. 257. Retrieved 2 January 2019 – via Google Books.