curl

verb
\ ˈkər(-ə)l How to pronounce curl (audio) \
curled; curling; curls

Definition of curl

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to form into coils or ringlets curl one's hair
2 : to form into a curved shape : twist curled his lip in a sneer
3 : to furnish with curls

intransitive verb

1a : to grow in coils or spirals
b : to form ripples or crinkles bacon curling in a pan
2 : to move or progress in curves or spirals : wind the path curled along the mountainside
3 : twist, contort
4 : to play the game of curling

curl

noun

Definition of curl (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a lock of hair that coils : ringlet
2 : something having a spiral or winding form : coil
3 : the action of curling : the state of being curled
4 : a curved or spiral marking in the grain of wood
5 : a hollow arch of water formed when the crest of a breaking wave spills forward
6 : a usually short pass pattern in football in which a receiver runs downfield and then curves back toward the line of scrimmage
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

Curl

biographical name
\ ˈkər(-ə)l How to pronounce Curl (audio) \

Definition of Curl (Entry 3 of 3)

Robert Floyd 1933–     American chemist

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Synonyms for curl

Synonyms: Verb

coil, corkscrew, entwine, spiral, twine, twist, wind

Synonyms: Noun

frizz, frizzle, ringlet

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Examples of curl in a Sentence

Verb

She curls her hair every morning. Can you curl your tongue? The baby's fingers were tightly curled. The snake curled itself around its prey. The cat curled into a ball and went to sleep. We saw smoke curling from the cottage chimney. A snake curled around his leg.

Noun

Her daughter has cute blonde curls. She likes to wear her hair in curls. The conditioner will help you keep the curl of your hair. His hair has a natural curl. He did 12 wrist curls.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Gaga's hair was pulled back into a sleek updo, with her ends sticking-out from the bun and curled down along the side of her head. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Dyed Her Hair Blue for the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Her hair is pulled back in a tight ponytail, which allows for a makeup palette of bright red lipstick (Rouge Dior 999), shimmery eyeshadow, and curled lashes to take center stage. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Stars in Dior’s Halloween-Inspired Short Film," 18 Oct. 2018 Cut and curl collar around vessel; place funnel on top for hat. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Both had already qualified for the round of 16 when Belgium beat England 1-0 in the last game of the group stage on Adnan Januzaj's curling shot in a game likened to a friendly thanks to 17 lineup changes. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "England, Belgium face off again, this time with 3rd place at stake," 13 July 2018 More Videos 1:50 Haven't watched curling in four years (or ever)? Brett Hoffman, star-telegram, "From cleats to boots. Former NFL player makes transition to rodeo cowboy | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 Feb. 2018 Experts like to curl lashes before makeup, as part of skin-care prep. Talia Abbas, SELF, "13 Mistakes You’re Making When Using an Eyelash Curler," 30 Jan. 2019 Smoke was indeed curling from the interior of a 1978 Buick Opel named Suzie. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Destined for the junkyard, beloved lemons hit the South Jersey track," 11 May 2018 Photo: Nicole Johnson This holiday season, Mr. Johnson curled his facial hair into doughnut shapes on the sides of his face. Thomas Vinciguerra, WSJ, "The Perils of Christmas Beard Decorations: ‘The Lights Got Tangled Up in My Shirt’," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This slight curl as also known as a smize (something Tyra Banks made famous during her modeling career). Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "How to Look Amazing in Your Driver's License Photo," 2 Apr. 2019 Warm wood tones and cushy sofas covered in emerald velvet help set that curl-up-and-chill-for-a-while vibe. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You'll Lose Your Chic Over This Incredible Women's Club," 27 Mar. 2019 Local surfers sometimes come out to ride this curl for more than a mile. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 Lateral lunge Plank jack Hammer curl Rest 1 minute. Amy Marturana, SELF, "25-Minute Total-Body Dumbbell Workout," 8 Mar. 2019 In a 2013 talk at New York's Museum of Math, DeRose said Merida's bright red curls in Brave were composed of 100,000 units, meaning there were 10 billion possible collisions. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New software will let artists control how light interacts with objects," 30 Nov. 2018 Ross stunned in a sequined silver outfit and her signature curls were free and on full display that evening. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Sang "Happy Birthday" to Diana Ross at Her 75th Birthday Party," 28 Mar. 2019 These expert tips will help make your curls really pop. 1. SELF, "7 Ways to Look Flawless While Transitioning to Natural Hair," 30 Dec. 2018 The calorie count alone is enough to make your hair curl, and looking back, opting to consume one was an act of rebellion all its own. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter to The Fat Sandwich, New Jersey's Delicious (and Caloric) Claim to Fame," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of curl

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for curl

Verb

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

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curl

verb

English Language Learners Definition of curl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to twist or form (something) into a round or curved shape
: to become curved or rounded
: to move in curves or circles

curl

noun

English Language Learners Definition of curl (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

curl

verb
\ ˈkərl How to pronounce curl (audio) \
curled; curling

Kids Definition of curl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to twist or form into ringlets curl hair
2 : to take or move in a curved form Smoke was curling from the chimney.
curl up
: 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

curl

noun

Kids Definition of curl (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a lock of hair that coils : ringlet
2 : something having a spiral or winding form : coil a curl of smoke

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