[ kur-ling ]
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  1. a game played on ice in which two teams of four players each compete in sliding curling stones toward a mark in the center of a circular target.

Origin of curling

First recorded in 1610–20; perhaps curl + -ing1, from the motion imparted to the sliding stones

Words Nearby curling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use curling in a sentence

  • She saw his back for an instant against the pale gloom of the garden, in which vapour was curling.

    Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
  • With curling lip Garnache bowed stiffly, and in a cold, formal voice he announced himself.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • They glanced backward, where another wall of foaming water seemed to be curling over the stern, as if about to drop inboard.

  • A half dozen troopers had already dismounted, and were scaling the bluff to where a small wreath of smoke was seen curling.

  • I saw the trunk curling back and creeping up to me like a python crawling up a hillside to coil around its prey.

    Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji

British Dictionary definitions for curling


/ (ˈkɜːlɪŋ) /

  1. a game played on ice, esp in Scotland and Canada, in which heavy stones with handles (curling stones) are slid towards a target (tee)

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