Standing by the beck which purled past the door of my cabin, I cooled my heated brow, and thought the matter over.
I have wound it and purled it and worked on the thing till I'm tasting fuzz.
"The most cynical chap—even for a Unitarian," purled that good man.
The ridge or purled edge of this stitch will be on the outside of the loop.
It purled about me softly, gently, like a cat playing with a mouse.
Kells purled out a suspended breath and he flung the sweat from his brow.
Repeat this last round until you have only 15 stitches before and after the purled stitches.
To turn means to change from plain to purled stitches, or the reverse.
The thread is to be placed round it, as for a purled stitch.
And the stream hesitated: it twirled and purled, and went this way and went that.
"knit with inverted stitches," 1825; earlier "embroider with gold or silver thread" (1520s), probably from Middle English pirlyng "revolving, twisting," of unknown origin. The two senses usually are taken as one word, but even this is not certain. Klein suggests a source in Italian pirolare "to twirl," from pirolo "top." As a noun, from late 14c. as "bordering, frills," 1530s as "twisted thread of gold and silver."
"flow with a murmuring sound," 1580s, imitative, perhaps from a Scandinavian language. Related: Purled; purling.