verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- the distortion, fluting, or puffing of a leaf, resulting from the unequal development of its two sides.
- a disease so characterized.
- a vector obtained from a given vector by taking its cross product with the vector whose coordinates are the partial derivative operators with respect to each coordinate.
- the operation that produces this vector.
- an underhand forearm lift in which the barbell, held against the thighs, is raised to the chest and then lowered while keeping the legs, upper arms, and shoulders taut.
- a similar forearm lift using a dumbbell or dumbbells, usually from the side of the body to the shoulders.
Origin of curl
Related Words for curlcoil, buckle, writhe, curve, contort, twist, fold, twirl, spiral, quirk, kink, wave, whorl, swirl, flourish, crimp, frizz, curlicue, convolute, crook
Examples from the Web for curl
Contemporary Examples of curl
The only surprise was the left collar point, which was allowed to curl.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Poetry is no longer something we curl up to with a cup of tea.Americans Have Never Loved Poetry More—But They Call It Rap
June 29, 2014
Jonathan Coulton's song "Curl," with footage of Stephen Colbert trying out for the 2010 U.S. Curling Team.
Or to put it another way, sweeping helps make the stone not curl.
The smoke from his cigarette will curl around his head and nothing else near him will move, and you will wonder what he sees.The Stacks: John Schulian’s Classic Profile of Newspaper Columnist Mike Royko
January 5, 2014
Historical Examples of curl
I see again the curl on the lip of a certain kind of girl-reader!Weighed and Wanting
The inner petals are shorter and curve and curl toward the center.The Mayflower, January, 1905
Her hair was damp and out of curl, as though she had just had a bath.
She looked at him in amazement; then her lips began to curl.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
"No, of course not," said Mrs. Garth, with a curl of the lip.The Shadow of a Crime
Word Origin for curl
mid-15c., metathesis of crulle (c.1300), probably from an unrecorded Old English word or from Middle Dutch krul "curly," from Proto-Germanic *krusl- (cf. East Frisian krull "lock of hair," Middle High German krol, Norwegian krull, Danish krølle "curl"). The noun is recorded from c.1600.