from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sliding loop of rope or chain by which a running yard or gaff is connected to, while still being able to move vertically along, the mast.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sliding loop of rope or metal, around the mast of a ship, to which a yard or gaff is fitted
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as parel.
- n. The rope or chain by which the middle of a yard is fastened to the mast; a breast-rope or breast-chain. Also parral.
- n. In architecture, a chimney-piece; the ornaments or dressing of a fireplace.
- A variant of parel.
Middle English perel, parrail, short for appareil, apparel, rigging; see apparel.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French appareil. (Wiktionary)