- a game played on ice in which two teams of four players each compete in sliding large stones toward a mark in the center of a circle.Compare house(def 20).
Origin of curling
- to form into coils or ringlets, as the hair.
- to form into a spiral or curved shape; coil.
- to adorn with, or as with, curls or ringlets.
- to grow in or form curls or ringlets, as the hair.
- to become curved or undulated.
- to coil.
- to play at the game of curling.
- to progress in a curving direction or path; move in a curving or spiraling way: The ball curled toward the plate.
- a coil or ringlet of hair.
- anything of a spiral or curved shape, as a lettuce leaf, wood shaving, etc.
- a coil.
- the act of curling or state of being curled.
- Plant Pathology.
- the distortion, fluting, or puffing of a leaf, resulting from the unequal development of its two sides.
- a disease so characterized.
- Also called rotation. Mathematics.
- 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 up, to sit or lie down cozily: to curl up with a good book.
- curl one's lip, to assume or display an expression of contempt: He curled his lip in disdain.
- curl one's/the hair, to fill with horror or fright; shock: Some of his stories about sailing across the Atlantic are enough to curl one's hair.
Origin of curl
Related Words for curlingcoil, buckle, writhe, curve, contort, twist, fold, twirl, spiral, quirk, kink, wave, whorl, swirl, flourish, crimp, frizz, curlicue, convolute, crook
Examples from the Web for curling
Contemporary Examples of curling
My sisters opened a beauty parlor in their bedroom, curling hair with crisscrossed bobby pins and calling it a perm.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
I had just gotten my braces off and was learning how to tame my hair with a curling iron.Apps and Online Programs Offer New Ways to Report Street Harassment
April 2, 2014
The curling sheet is "more or less" 15 feet wide and 140 feet long.
The men of Team Norway's Curling Team wear funny-looking pants.
The curling stones weigh over 40 pounds, and delivering one to the house requires strong knees.
Historical Examples of curling
Sweet smoke was curling upward, and the room rang with a hymn.Buried Cities, Part 2
From the chimney of the cabin a thin wreath of smoke was curling.Dave Porter At Bear Camp
Be there any manner of irons, Jennet, for crisping or curling the hair?Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
The dogs were curling up in the wind like leaves before a blaze.A Woman who went to Alaska
May Kellogg Sullivan
With one hand hipping his saber and the other curling his mustaches, he smiled at her.The Lure of the Mask
- a game played on ice, esp in Scotland and Canada, in which heavy stones with handles (curling stones) are slid towards a target (tee)
- (intr) (esp of hair) to grow into curves or ringlets
- (tr sometimes foll by up) to twist or roll (something, esp hair) into coils or ringlets
- (often foll by up) to become or cause to become spiral-shaped or curved; coilthe heat made the leaves curl up
- (intr) to move in a curving or twisting manner
- (intr) to play the game of curling
- curl one's lip to show contempt, as by raising a corner of the lip
- a curve or coil of hair
- a curved or spiral shape or mark, as in wood
- the act of curling or state of being curled
- any of various plant diseases characterized by curling of the leaves
- Also called: rot, rotation maths a vector quantity associated with a vector field that is the vector product of the operator ∇ and a vector function A, where ∇ = i ∂/∂ x + j ∂/∂b y + k ∂/∂ z, i, j, and k being unit vectors. Usually written curl A, rot ACompare divergence (def. 4), gradient (def. 4)
Word Origin for curl
Word Origin and History for curling
game played with stones on ice, 1610s, from present participle of curl (v.). "The name appears to describe the motion given to the stone" [OED]. A description of a similar game is attested from Flanders c.1600.
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.