- to form into coils or ringlets, as the hair.
- to form into a spiral or curved shape; coil.
- to adorn with, or as with, curls or ringlets.
- to grow in or form curls or ringlets, as the hair.
- to become curved or undulated.
- to coil.
- to play at the game of curling.
- to progress in a curving direction or path; move in a curving or spiraling way: The ball curled toward the plate.
- a coil or ringlet of hair.
- anything of a spiral or curved shape, as a lettuce leaf, wood shaving, etc.
- a coil.
- the act of curling or state of being curled.
- Plant Pathology.
- the distortion, fluting, or puffing of a leaf, resulting from the unequal development of its two sides.
- a disease so characterized.
- Also called rotation. Mathematics.
- a vector obtained from a given vector by taking its cross product with the vector whose coordinates are the partial derivative operators with respect to each coordinate.
- the operation that produces this vector.
- an underhand forearm lift in which the barbell, held against the thighs, is raised to the chest and then lowered while keeping the legs, upper arms, and shoulders taut.
- a similar forearm lift using a dumbbell or dumbbells, usually from the side of the body to the shoulders.
- curl up, to sit or lie down cozily: to curl up with a good book.
- curl one's lip, to assume or display an expression of contempt: He curled his lip in disdain.
- curl one's/the hair, to fill with horror or fright; shock: Some of his stories about sailing across the Atlantic are enough to curl one's hair.
Origin of curl
- (intr) (esp of hair) to grow into curves or ringlets
- (tr sometimes foll by up) to twist or roll (something, esp hair) into coils or ringlets
- (often foll by up) to become or cause to become spiral-shaped or curved; coilthe heat made the leaves curl up
- (intr) to move in a curving or twisting manner
- (intr) to play the game of curling
- curl one's lip to show contempt, as by raising a corner of the lip
- a curve or coil of hair
- a curved or spiral shape or mark, as in wood
- the act of curling or state of being curled
- any of various plant diseases characterized by curling of the leaves
- Also called: rot, rotation maths a vector quantity associated with a vector field that is the vector product of the operator ∇ and a vector function A, where ∇ = i ∂/∂ x + j ∂/∂b y + k ∂/∂ z, i, j, and k being unit vectors. Usually written curl A, rot ACompare divergence (def. 4), gradient (def. 4)
Word Origin and History for curl one's lip
mid-15c., metathesis of crulle (c.1300), probably from an unrecorded Old English word or from Middle Dutch krul "curly," from Proto-Germanic *krusl- (cf. East Frisian krull "lock of hair," Middle High German krol, Norwegian krull, Danish krølle "curl"). The noun is recorded from c.1600.