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  • n. Alternative form of parrel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The rope or collar by which a yard or spar is held to the mast in such a way that it may be hoisted or lowered at pleasure.
  • n. A chimney-piece.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as parrel, 2.


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  • As to stove -- I get away with a two burner parral and a microwave, although you can find half-sized gas stoves (two burners and a small range) that are suitable for small apts.

    Semi-Scheming Way to TJ

  • No sound whatever was to be heard on board save the "swish" of the water alongside, the low roar of the bow-wave as she plunged through it and turned it aside from her bows, the weird crying of the wind through her maze of rigging aloft, and the occasional "cheep" of parral or block-sheave to the 'scend of the ship.

    Across the Spanish Main A Tale of the Sea in the Days of Queen Bess

  • And as for sound, there was nothing to be heard save an occasional faint gurgle of water under the counter when the ship lifted to the almost invisible swell, accompanied by a low flap of canvas aloft, a gentle patter of reef points, or the slight creak of a parral or block sheave; but so breathlessly still was the night that these sounds, faint as they really were, sounded almost appallingly loud.

    The First Mate The Story of a Strange Cruise

  • The silence of night lay heavy upon the breast of the placid deep, and seemed to be emphasised rather than broken by the faint sigh of the breeze through the maze of spars and rigging that towered aloft, the soft seething and plash of water along the bends, the light creak or cheep of some parral or sheave up in the velvet darkness, and the occasional clank of the tiller chains as the watchful helmsman, with his eye upon some star peering past the weather leach of the main-royal, found it necessary to give the ship a spoke of the wheel one way or the other.

    Overdue The Story of a Missing Ship


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  • "... an assemblage of ribs and trucks, which, with the parral-rope, form a sort of collar, to attache the topsail yards to the masts, so that the yards may slide easily up or down the masts...."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 333

    October 12, 2008