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CURL, v.t.

1. To turn, bend or form into ringlets; to crisp; as the hair.

2. To writhe; to twist; to coil; as a serpent.

3. To dress with curls.

The snaky locks that curled Megaera.

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

Seas would be pools, without the brushing air to curl the waves.

CURL, v.i.

1. To bend in contraction; to shrink into ringlets.

2. To rise in waves or undulation; to ripple; and particularly, to roll over at the summit; as a curling wave.

3. To rise in a winding current, and to roll over at the ends; as curling smoke.

4. To writhe; to twist itself.

Then round her slender waist he curled.

5. To shrink; to shrink back; to bend and sink. He curled down into a corner.

CURL, n.

1. A ringlet of hair, or any thing of a like form.

2. Undulation; a waving; sinuosity; flexure.

3. A winding int he grain of wood.



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CURL, v.t.

1. To turn, bend or form into ringlets; to crisp; as the hair.

2. To writhe; to twist; to coil; as a serpent.

3. To dress with curls.

The snaky locks that curled Megaera.

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

Seas would be pools, without the brushing air to curl the waves.

CURL, v.i.

1. To bend in contraction; to shrink into ringlets.

2. To rise in waves or undulation; to ripple; and particularly, to roll over at the summit; as a curling wave.

3. To rise in a winding current, and to roll over at the ends; as curling smoke.

4. To writhe; to twist itself.

Then round her slender waist he curled.

5. To shrink; to shrink back; to bend and sink. He curled down into a corner.

CURL, n.

1. A ringlet of hair, or any thing of a like form.

2. Undulation; a waving; sinuosity; flexure.

3. A winding int he grain of wood.

CURL, n.

  1. A ringlet of hair, or any thing of a like form.
  2. Undulation; a waving; sinuosity; flexure. – Newton.
  3. A winding in the grain of wood.

CURL, v.i.

  1. To bend in contraction; to shrink into ringlets. – Boyle.
  2. To rise in waves or undulations; to ripple; and particularly, to roll over at the summit; as, a curling wave.
  3. To rise in a winding current, and to roll over at the ends; as, curling smoke.
  4. To writhe; into twist itself. Then round her slender waist be curled. – Dryden.
  5. To shrink; to shrink back; to bend and sink. He curled down into a corner.

CURL, v.t. [D. krullen; Dan. kröller, to curl, to crisp; Corn. krillia.]

  1. To turn, bend, or form into ringlets; to crisp; as the hair.
  2. To writhe; to twist; to coil; as, a serpent.
  3. To dress with curls. The snaky locks / That curled Megære. – Milton.
  4. To raise in waves or undulations; to ripple. Seas would be pools, without the brushing air / To curl the waves. – Dryden.

Curl
  1. To twist or form into ringlets; to crisp, as the hair.

    But curl their locks with bodkins and with braid.
    Cascoigne.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.
    Byron.

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

  6. 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.

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

    Thicker than the snaky locks
    That curledMegæra.
    Milton.

    Curling with metaphors a plain intention.
    Herbert.

  8. To play at the game called curling.

    [Scot.]

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

    Blue curls. (Bot.) See under Blue.

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

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

  11. To shape (the brim) into a curve.
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Curl

CURL, verb transitive

1. To turn, bend or form into ringlets; to crisp; as the hair.

2. To writhe; to twist; to coil; as a serpent.

3. To dress with curls.

The snaky locks that curled Megaera.

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

Seas would be pools, without the brushing air to curl the waves.

CURL, verb intransitive

1. To bend in contraction; to shrink into ringlets.

2. To rise in waves or undulation; to ripple; and particularly, to roll over at the summit; as a curling wave.

3. To rise in a winding current, and to roll over at the ends; as curling smoke.

4. To writhe; to twist itself.

Then round her slender waist he curled.

5. To shrink; to shrink back; to bend and sink. He curled down into a corner.

CURL, noun

1. A ringlet of hair, or any thing of a like form.

2. Undulation; a waving; sinuosity; flexure.

3. A winding int he grain of wood.

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