Definitions

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

  • A variant of parel.
  • 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.

Etymologies

Middle English perel, parrail, short for appareil, apparel, rigging; see apparel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French appareil. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The noise of the canvas on high resembled the stirring of pinions, and the cheep of a block, the grind of a parrel, helped the illusion, as though the sounds were the voices of huge birds restlessly beating their pinions aloft.

    Stories by English Authors: the Sea

  • "Wheneffer," he said, "you need a parrel of flour or something, you comes to me py my store."

    The Spread Eagle and Other Stories

  • Simultaneously, there was the shrieking of a parrel, up the main; and I knew that someone, or something, had let go the main-topsail haul-yards.

    The Ghost Pirates: Chapter 14

  • There was a period of time, filled only by the clicking of the pawls and the sounds of the creaking parrel and the running gear.

    The Ghost Pirates: Chapter 14

  • Listen ter hiz wurds: 'An' sebun wimmin shall tek hol 'uv wun man in dat day, sayin' we will eat our own bread an 'wear our own' parrel; only let us be called by Thy name; tek Thou erway our reproach. '

    John Jasper: The Unmatched Negro Philosopher and Preacher

  • Some of the men ran to let go the haulyards and lower the sail, but the parrel jammed and the yard would not come down.

    She

  • Her maintop-mast was come by the board about six foot above the cap, and fell forward, the head of the topgallant-mast hanging in the fore-shrouds by the stay; at the same time the parrel of the mizzen-topsail-yard by some accident giving way, the mizzen-topsail-braces

    The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton

  • We have poor narrow spirits, and do not take entire truth in its full comprehension, and so we are as unfit and unequal discerners of the gospel, and receivers of it, as he that would judge of a sentence by one word, of a book by one page, of a harmony by one note, and of the world by one parrel of it.

    The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

  • It takes four touches (or tests) to confirm a rectangle or parrel trendlines and we finally got that at 2: 00 (making the 5th touch valid).

    Afraid to Trade.com Blog

  • And while the words were still upon my lips the stagnant air about me once more stirred, the great spaces of canvas beneath me swelled sluggishly out with a small pattering of reef-points from the three topsails, and a gentle creak of truss and parrel, as the strain of the filling canvas came upon the yards; and I saw the brightening disc of the sun begin to sweep round until it bore broad upon our larboard quarter.

    A Pirate of the Caribbees

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