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Meaning of CURL

Pronunciation:  kurl

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

CURL is a 4 letter word that starts with C.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.]
  3. \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}.
Video Dictionary
 Definition: A defect of a photographic film consisting of unflatness in a plane cutting across the width of the film. Curl may result from improper drying conditions, and the direction and amount of curl may vary with the humidity of the air to which the film is exposed.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: arc, arch, bend, bend back, bow, catacaustic, catenary, caustic, circle, cirrus, coil, conchoid, corkscrew, crimp, crisp, crook, curlicue, curve, decurve, deflect, diacaustic, dome, ellipse, embow, entwine, evolute, festoon, flex, frizz, frizzle, gyre, helix, hook, hump, hunch, hyperbola, incurvate, incurve, inflect, involute, kink, lituus, lock, loop, parabola, ponytail, recurve, reflect, reflex, retroflex, ringlet, roll, round, sag, screw, scroll, sinus, spiral, swag, sweep, swirl, tendril, tracery, turn, twine, twirl, twist, vault, volute, volution, vortex, whirl, whorl, wind, wreathe