The wise mariner will furl his sails before the winds blow too strong.
We are going to loose and furl, and you can see better there than here.
Lay up on that main yard and furl the sail, before it blows to tatters!
Let go the topgallant and topsail halliards, and clew up and furl the sails.
Your dusty Mill of Valmy, as all other mills and drudgeries, may furl its canvass, and cease swashing and circling.
At midnight, orders were given to furl the fore and mizen topsails.
Both of them soon learned to lay out on the yards, and to reef and furl the mizzen-topsail as well as anybody.
These sails are frequently made to furl and unfurl like a fan.
It was my duty to furl the fore-royal; and, while standing by to loose it again, I had a fine view of the scene.
"You can furl her sails, and throw over her anchor," said he after a moment's consideration.
1550s, of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle French ferler "to furl," from Old French ferliier "chain, tie up, lock away," perhaps from fer "firm" (from Latin firmus; see firm (adj.)) + -lier "to bind" (from Latin ligare). Related: Furled; furling.