furl

verb
\ ˈfər(-ə)l How to pronounce furl (audio) \
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

At the tip of Shelter Island, several hundred dignitaries and well-wishers applauded when Sharon, dressed in pink and looking very dainty, hauled down the mainsail of her craft, furled it and docked with an ease no mail sailor could fault. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: In 1969 San Diego greeted woman who sailed Pacific Ocean alone," 25 July 2019 If paper with a tendency to curl is packaged and stored furled around a core, the curl is set, much like a lock of hair around a curler. New York Times, "Straight Talk on Why Wrapping Paper Curls," 25 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From every officer’s belt there dangled an insectlike furl of disposable plastic manacles. Caleb Crain, Harper's magazine, "Talkin’ ’Bout a Revolution," 22 July 2019 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 How to pronounce furl (audio) \
furled; furling

Kids Definition of furl

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

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