- 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 furling
But when the ship's in port who cares to wait for the furling of the sails?Against Odds
Lawrence L. Lynch
With the furling of the white flag they were enemies once more.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times
Charles Carleton Coffin
The men on the yard who gather in the bunt when furling sails.
The order to come in from the yards when reefing, furling, or other duty is performed.
The order for men to come in from the yards after reefing or furling.
- 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 furling
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.