curl·​ing | \ ˈkər-liŋ How to pronounce curling (audio) \

Definition of curling

: a game in which two teams of four players each slide curling stones over a stretch of ice toward a target circle

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Recent Examples on the Web For wrestling and ice-based sports — hockey, curling, figure skating and speedskating — COVID-19 tests are required no more than 72 hours before a competition. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s COVID-19 testing requirement for wrestling and ice-based sports gets an icy reception," 31 Jan. 2021 The flies pose several problems for plants, including oozing sap, wilting, leaf curling, and tree dieback, the Pennsylvania agriculture department said. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Invasive Spotted Lanternfly makes its way to Jefferson County, Ohio, department of agriculture says," 26 Nov. 2020 Unfortunately, almost only counts in darts, curling and hand grenades. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2021 NFL Mock Draft: First-round projections," 11 Nov. 2020 Essentially, this allows the Airwrap to emit a continuous, high-speed flow of hot air that will tame tresses with minimal heat damage, setting it apart from other hot ceramic curling irons. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The famous Dyson Airwrap curler and Supersonic dryer are on sale for Black Friday 2020," 29 Oct. 2020 This circumvented the need to put Curly’s AI brain back through a simulator before each turn, which would have taken too long and broken the timing rules of curling, researchers said. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "A Robot Beats Humans at Their Own Game—This Time on the Ice," 23 Sep. 2020 Dear Heloise: Need something to put under a hot curling rod? Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Look for a badge," 1 Sep. 2020 Neadeau, who has long, gray curling hair, wore capris and Skechers. Krithika Varagur, The New York Review of Books, "Patrolling Minneapolis’s Native American History," 31 July 2020 Since 2007, Circle City Curling Club has been teaching locals the Olympic sport of curling. Robert Scheer, Indianapolis Star, "Olympic sport of curling is 'chess on ice' at the Fuel Tank in Fishers," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of curling

1620, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of curling was in 1620

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17 Feb 2021

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“Curling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of curling

: a game in which two teams of four players slide special stones over ice toward a circle

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