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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Woulda thrown in some curling stones for anyone who knew that his no-hitter took place at 21st & Lehigh in North Philadelphia soon after the end of World War II. Ed Barkowitz,, "Dick Fowler's no-hitter for the Philadelphia A's comes back to life (sort of)," 24 May 2018 The Russians have had to return medals in two curling events. Anchorage Daily News, "The Olympics take Russian cheating seriously. Why doesn’t the U.S. government?," 25 Feb. 2018 Because there are no curling irons in post-apocalyptic Texas. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "6 Shows to Binge-Watch on Netflix While You Wait for "Stranger Things" Season 2," 10 Feb. 2017 The low friction of ice is why speedskaters can reach 35 mph, why figure skaters can twirl in dizzying circles, and why a 40-pound curling stone can glide and accomplish whatever the heck the point of curling is. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 Every four years, like a presidential election and Olympic curling, the world is consumed by the phenomenon of LeBron James’s free agency. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "LeBron James Takes His Talents to the Los Angeles Lakers," 1 July 2018 Spirals were giving extra spring with the help of small-sized curling irons, short styles and natural textures were zhuzhed up and topped with product to shine, while long, straight and wavy hair was given the bouncy Victoria's Secret blowout. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018: Why Charlotte Tilbury Didn't Use Highlighter on the Angels," 8 Nov. 2018 Chris Vosters will make his Paralympic debut, serving as play-by-play commentator for coverage of wheelchair curling. Richard Deitsch,, "How to Watch—And What to Expect From—the Winter Paralympics 2018 on NBC," 7 Mar. 2018 The only previous American curling medal was a men’s bronze in the 2006 Torino Games. Laken Litman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Enthusiasm of gold-medal-winning U.S. men's curling team is contagious," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of curling

1620, in the meaning defined above

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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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