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.
- curl one's hair,
- curl up,
- curled paperwork,
Origin of curl
Examples from the Web for 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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|John McWhorter|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|John Schulian|January 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Licking up the curl, the flame gradually leaped from one piece of wood to another until the entire handful was ablaze.Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal|G. Harvey Ralphson
Sibyl paused; the pause was a tribute to the force of the curl of her sister's lip.It Never Can Happen Again|William De Morgan
Their hands, too, have lost their grip, and there is no curl in their hair.Franz Hals|Edgcumbe Staley
Soft-toed Samuel, he read, and a curl of contempt trembled along his thin lips.Deering of Deal|Latta Griswold
"Dot can sleep with Granny, and I can curl up in any corner for to-night," said Charlie.The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe|Amanda Minnie Douglas
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.