Curl

Definition of Curl

Pronunciation: kûrl
v. t.1.To twist or form into ringlets; to crisp, as the hair.
[imp. & p. p. Curled (kûrld); p. pr. & vb. n. Curling.]
But curl their locks with bodkins and with braid.
- Cascoigne.
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 curledMegæra.
- Milton.
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.
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.
- Shak.
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.
Then round her slender waist he curled.
- Dryden.
Curling smokes from village tops are seen.
- Pope.
Gayly curl the waves before each dashing prow.
- Byron.
He smiled a king of sickly smile, and curled up on the floor.
- Bret Harte.
3.To play at the game called curling.
n.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. Newton.
3.A disease in potatoes, in which the leaves, at their first appearance, seem curled and shrunken.
Blue curls
(Bot.) See under Blue.

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