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Meaning of PURL

Pronunciation:  purl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a basic knitting stitch
  2. [n]  gold or silver wire thread
  3. [v]  make a murmuring sound; "the water was purling"
  4. [v]  embroider with gold or silver thread
  5. [v]  edge or border with gold or silver embroidery
  6. [v]  knit with a purl stitch
  7. [v]  flow in a circular current, of liquids

PURL is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: eddy, purl stitch, swirl, whirl, whirlpool
 See Also: broider, course, embroider, flow, knit, knitting stitch, make noise, noise, resound, run, thread, yarn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Purl\, v. t. [Contr. fr. purfile, purfle. See {Purfle}.]
    To decorate with fringe or embroidery. ``Nature's cradle more
    enchased and purled.'' --B. Jonson.
  2. \Purl\, n.
    1. An embroidered and puckered border; a hem or fringe, often
       of gold or silver twist; also, a pleat or fold, as of a
             A triumphant chariot made of carnation velvet,
             enriched withpurl and pearl.          --Sir P.
    2. An inversion of stitches in knitting, which gives to the
       work a ribbed or waved appearance.
    {Purl stitch}. Same as {Purl}, n., 2.
  3. \Purl\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Purled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Purling}.] [Cf. Sw. porla, and E. pur to murmur as a cat.]
    1. To run swiftly round, as a small stream flowing among
       stones or other obstructions; to eddy; also, to make a
       murmuring sound, as water does in running over or through
             Swift o'er the rolling pebbles, down the hills,
             Louder and louder purl the falling rills. --Pope.
    2. [Perh. fr. F. perler to pearl, to bead. See {Pearl}, v. &
       n.] To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to curl;
       to mantle.
             thin winding breath which purled up to the sky.
  4. \Purl\, n. [See 3d {Purl}.]
    1. A circle made by the notion of a fluid; an eddy; a ripple.
             Whose stream an easy breath doth seem to blow, Which
             on the sparkling gravel runs in purles, As though
             the waves had been of silver curls.   --Drayton.
    2. A gentle murmur, as that produced by the running of a
       liquid among obstructions; as, the purl of a brook.
    3. [Perh. from F. perler, v. See {Purl} to mantle.] Malt
       liquor, medicated or spiced; formerly, ale or beer in
       which wormwood or other bitter herbs had been infused, and
       which was regarded as tonic; at present, hot beer mixed
       with gin, sugar, and spices. ``Drank a glass of purl to
       recover appetite.'' --Addison. ``Drinking hot purl, and
       smoking pipes.'' --Dickens.
    4. (Zo["o]l.) A tern. [Prov. Eng.]