Definitions for: Curl

[n] a strand or cluster of hair
[n] a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles
[v] form a curl, curve, or kink; "the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"; "The road curved"
[v] play the Scottish game of curling
[v] twist or roll into coils or ringlets; "curl my hair, please"
[v] wind around something in coils or loops
[v] shape one's body into a curl; "She curled farther down under the covers"; "She fell and drew in"

Webster (1913) Definition: Curl (k[^u]rl), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Curled (k[^u]rld);
p. pr. & vb. n. Curling.] [Akin to D. krullen, Dan.
kr["o]lle, dial. Sw. krulla to curl, crisp; possibly akin to
E. crook. Cf. Curl, n., Cruller.]
1. To twist or form into ringlets; to crisp, as the hair.

But curl their locks with bodkins and with braid.

2. To twist or make onto coils, as a serpent's body.

Of his tortuous train, Curled many a wanton wreath
in sight of Eve. --Milton.

3. To deck with, or as with, curls; to ornament.

Thicker than the snaky locks That curledMeg[ae]ra.

Curling with metaphors a plain intention. --Herbert.

4. To raise in waves or undulations; to ripple.

Seas would be pools without the brushing air To curl
the waves. --Dryden.

5. (Hat Making) To shape (the brim) into a curve.

Curl, v. i.
1. To contract or bend into curls or ringlets, as hair; to
grow in curls or spirals, as a vine; to be crinkled or
contorted; to have a curly appearance; as, leaves lie
curled on the ground.

Thou seest it [hair] will not curl by nature.

2. To move in curves, spirals, or undulations; to contract in
curving outlines; to bend in a curved form; to make a curl
or curls. ``Cirling billows.'' --Dryden.

Then round her slender waist he curled. --Dryden.

Curling smokes from village tops are seen. --Pope.

Gayly curl the waves before each dashing prow.

He smiled a king of sickly smile, and curled up on
the floor. --Bret Harte.

3. To play at the game called curling. [Scot.]

Curl (k[^u]rl), n. [Akin to D. krul, Dan. kr["o]lle. See
Curl, v. ]
1. A ringlet, especially of hair; anything of a spiral or
winding form.

Under a coronet, his flowing hair In curls on either
cheek played. --Milton.

2. An undulating or waving line or streak in any substance,
as wood, glass, etc.; flexure; sinuosity.

If the glass of the prisms . . . be without those
numberless waves or curls which usually arise from
the sand holes. --Sir I.

3. A disease in potatoes, in which the leaves, at their first
appearance, seem curled and shrunken.

Blue curls. (Bot.) See under Blue.

Synonyms: coil, coil, curl up, curlicue, curve, draw in, gyre, kink, lock, loop, ringlet, ringlet, roll, scroll, wave, whorl, whorl

Antonyms: uncoil

See Also: bend, bend, calyx, change surface, coiffure, corolla, crape, crimp, crimp, deform, dreadlock, flex, forelock, frizz, frizzle, hair, hair style, hairdo, kink, kink up, play, roll, round shape, sausage curl, turn, twine, twist, twist, verticil, wind, wrap

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