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purl

noun \ ˈpər(-ə)l \

Definition of purl

1 : gold or silver thread or wire for embroidering or edging
2 : the intertwisting of thread that knots a stitch usually along an edge

Origin and Etymology of purl

Middle English


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purl

verb

Definition of purl

transitive verb
1 a : to embroider with gold or silver thread
b : to edge or border with gold or silver embroidery
2 : to knit in purl stitch
intransitive verb
: to do knitting in purl stitch

First Known Use of purl

1518


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purl

noun

Definition of purl

1 : a purling or swirling stream or rill
2 : a gentle murmur or movement (as of purling water)

Origin and Etymology of purl

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian purla to ripple


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purl

verb

Definition of purl

intransitive verb
1 : eddy, swirl
2 : to make a soft murmuring sound like that of a purling stream

First Known Use of purl

circa 1586



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