- to gather into a compact roll and bind securely, as a sail against a spar or a flag against its staff.
- to become furled.
- the act of furling.
- something furled, as a roll.
- furl in a body, Nautical. to furl (a square sail) with loose canvas gathered at the mast, so as to make a harbor furl.
- furl in the bunt, Nautical. to furl (a square sail) by gathering canvas upward, so as to load the yard equally at all points.
Origin of furl
Examples from the Web for furl
At midnight, orders were given to furl the fore and mizen topsails.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
Every effort was made to clear the wreck and to furl the sails.The History of Little Peter, the Ship Boy
We are going to loose and furl, and you can see better there than here.Up The Baltic
Jim and I were sent aloft to the fore-topgallant sailyard to furl the sail.Peter Trawl
W. H. G. Kingston
Let go the topgallant and topsail halliards, and clew up and furl the sails.The Rover's Secret
- to roll up (an umbrella, a flag, etc) neatly and securely or (of an umbrella, flag, etc) to be rolled up in this way
- (tr) nautical to gather in (a square sail)
- the act or an instance of furling
- a single rolled-up section
Word Origin and History for furl
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.