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purl

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noun \ˈpər(-ə)l\

Definition of purl

  1. 1 :  gold or silver thread or wire for embroidering or edging

  2. 2 :  the intertwisting of thread that knots a stitch usually along an edge

  3. 3 :  purl stitch



Origin of purl

Middle English


First Known Use: 14th century


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purl

verb

Definition of purl

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to embroider with gold or silver thread b :  to edge or border with gold or silver embroidery

  3. 2 :  to knit in purl stitch

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to do knitting in purl stitch



1526

First Known Use of purl

1526

Rhymes with purl


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purl

noun

Definition of purl

  1. 1 :  a purling or swirling stream or rill

  2. 2 :  a gentle murmur or movement (as of purling water)



Origin of purl

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian purla to ripple


First Known Use: circa 1522


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purl

verb

Definition of purl

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  eddy, swirl

  3. 2 :  to make a soft murmuring sound like that of a purling stream



1591

First Known Use of purl

1591


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