1. <veterinary> A thong of soft leather to bind up a hawk's wing.

2. Ropes passing through pulleys, and used to haul in or up the leeches, bottoms, or corners of sails, preparatory to furling.

3. A stock at each end of a seine to keep it stretched.

Origin: OE. Brayle furling rope, OF. Braiol a band placed around the breeches, fr.F. Braies, pl, breeches, fr.L. Braca, bracae, breeches, a Gallic word; cf. Arm. Bragez. Cf. Breeches.

(01 Mar 1998)

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