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curl

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verb \ˈkər(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of curl

  • : to twist or form (something) into a round or curved shape

  • : to become curved or rounded

  • : to move in curves or circles

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of curl

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form (as the hair) into coils or ringlets

  3. 2 :  to form into a curved shape :  twist <curled his lip in a sneer>

  4. 3 :  to furnish with curls

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to grow in coils or spirals b :  to form ripples or crinkles <bacon curling in a pan>

  7. 2 :  to move or progress in curves or spirals :  wind <the path curled along the mountainside>

  8. 3 :  twist, contort

  9. 4 :  to play the game of curling

Examples of curl in a sentence

  1. She curls her hair every morning.

  2. Can you curl your tongue?

  3. The baby's fingers were tightly curled.

  4. The snake curled itself around its prey.

  5. The cat curled into a ball and went to sleep.

  6. We saw smoke curling from the cottage chimney.

  7. A snake curled around his leg.



Origin and Etymology of curl

Middle English, from crul curly, probably from Middle Dutch; akin to Old High German krol curly


First Known Use: 14th century


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curl

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Simple Definition of curl

  • : a piece of hair that is formed into a round shape

  • : the ability of hair to form curls

  • : something that is curved or has a round shape

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of curl

  1. 1 :  a lock of hair that coils :  ringlet

  2. 2 :  something having a spiral or winding form :  coil

  3. 3 :  the action of curling :  the state of being curled

  4. 4 :  a curved or spiral marking in the grain of wood

  5. 5 :  a hollow arch of water formed when the crest of a breaking wave spills forward

  6. 6 :  a usually short pass pattern in football in which a receiver runs downfield and then curves back toward the line of scrimmage

  7. 7 :  a body-building exercise in which a weight held with the palms facing up is raised and lowered by flexing only the wrists or elbows

Examples of curl in a sentence

  1. Her daughter has cute blonde curls.

  2. She likes to wear her hair in curls.

  3. The conditioner will help you keep the curl of your hair.

  4. His hair has a natural curl.

  5. He did 12 wrist curls.



1578

First Known Use of curl

1578

Rhymes with curl


Curl

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biographical name \ˈkər(-ə)l\

Definition of Curl

  1. Robert Floyd 1933–     Am. chem.





CURL Defined for Kids

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curl

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verb \ˈkərl\

Definition of curl for Students

curled

curling

  1. 1 :  to twist or form into ringlets <curl hair>

  2. 2 :  to take or move in a curved form <Smoke was curling from the chimney.>

curl up

  1. :  to arrange the body into a ball <You would come into a room, and he might be curled up in a chair, but you wouldn't see him. — E. B. White, Stuart Little>




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curl

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noun

Definition of curl for Students

  1. 1 :  a lock of hair that coils :  ringlet

  2. 2 :  something having a spiral or winding form :  coil <a curl of smoke>





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