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1purl

noun \ˈpər(-ə)l\

Definition of PURL

1
:  gold or silver thread or wire for embroidering or edging
2
:  the intertwisting of thread that knots a stitch usually along an edge

Origin of PURL

Middle English
First Known Use: 14th century

2purl

verb

Definition of PURL

transitive verb
1
a :  to embroider with gold or silver thread
b :  to edge or border with gold or silver embroidery
2
:  to knit in purl stitch
intransitive verb
:  to do knitting in purl stitch

First Known Use of PURL

1526

3purl

noun

Definition of PURL

1
:  a purling or swirling stream or rill
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

4purl

verb

Definition of PURL

intransitive verb
1
:  eddy, swirl
2
:  to make a soft murmuring sound like that of a purling stream

First Known Use of PURL

1591

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