furl

verb
\ˈfər(-ə)l \
furled; furling; furls

Definition of furl 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to wrap or roll (something, such as a sail or a flag) close to or around something

intransitive verb

: to curl or fold as in being furled

furl

noun

Definition of furl (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a furled coil

2 : the act of furling

Examples of furl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ships sailing across the North Atlantic encounter storms, strong winds, and ocean currents, and a ship with its sails furled for the night could still drift off course by morning. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mysterious sunstones in medieval Viking texts could really have worked," 6 Apr. 2018 Like their larger counterparts, these wee things can be furled and unfurled easily. New York Times, "The Cuttlefish, a Master of Camouflage, Reveals a New Trick," 15 Feb. 2018 Red and yellow flags — Catalonia's colors — were furled. USA TODAY, "Barcelona's vast stadium gives voice to Catalan separatism," 23 Oct. 2017 Red and yellow flags — Catalonia’s colors — were furled. Washington Post, "Barcelona’s vast stadium gives voice to Catalan separatism," 23 Oct. 2017 Afterward, furling up safety ropes, Smith said he's done 7,000 shows in 15 countries. Dan Haar, courant.com, "Post-Yard Goats Game Entertainment Flies High," 11 Aug. 2017 The capital city — Jackson, with a majority-black population — furled it years earlier. Washington Post, "‘Fly the flag’? Rift in Mississippi over Confederate symbol," 23 May 2017 LOS ANGELES — Michael Govan stood in a third-floor gallery scattered with paintings and crates at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, his arms gesturing at blank white walls, his face furled in thought. Adam Nagourney, New York Times, "Is This Los Angeles’s $600 Million Man?," 18 Jan. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Suddenly, billowing puffs of pollen furl out from the pine’s branches and float through the air like a fluffy, yellow cloud. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Watch This Pine Tree Unleash a Huge, Fluffy Pollen Cloud," 10 May 2018 Just look at Redbor kale, which is extravagantly purple, with rich pink in the stems, kinks of fuchsia in the veins, and furls of rosy curls. Adrienne Rose Johnson, Bon Appetit, "Here's Why You’re Seeing Purple Food Everywhere," 15 June 2017 Just look at Redbor kale, which is extravagantly purple, with rich pink in the stems, kinks of fuchsia in the veins, and furls of rosy curls. Adrienne Rose Johnson, Bon Appetit, "Here's Why You’re Seeing Purple Food Everywhere," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of furl

Verb

1556, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for furl

Verb

Anglo-French ferlier to fasten, from fer, ferm tight (from Latin firmus firm) + lier to tie, from Latin ligare — more at ligature

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furl

verb

English Language Learners Definition of furl

: to wrap or roll (something, such as a sail or a flag) close to or around something

furl

verb
\ˈfərl \
furled; furling

Kids Definition of furl

: to wrap or roll close to or around something furl a flag

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