furl

[furl]

verb (used with object)

to gather into a compact roll and bind securely, as a sail against a spar or a flag against its staff.

verb (used without object)

to become furled.

noun

the act of furling.
something furled, as a roll.

Idioms

    furl in a body, Nautical. to furl (a square sail) with loose canvas gathered at the mast, so as to make a harbor furl.
    furl in the bunt, Nautical. to furl (a square sail) by gathering canvas upward, so as to load the yard equally at all points.

Origin of furl

1550–60; compare Middle French ferler in same sense, perhaps representing Old French ferlier to chain, fasten, equivalent to fer firm (< Latin firmus) + lier to bind (< Latin ligāre)
Related formsfurl·a·ble, adjectivefurl·er, noun

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Related Words for furl

fold, curl, roll

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British Dictionary definitions for furl

furl

verb

to roll up (an umbrella, a flag, etc) neatly and securely or (of an umbrella, flag, etc) to be rolled up in this way
(tr) nautical to gather in (a square sail)

noun

the act or an instance of furling
a single rolled-up section
Derived Formsfurlable, adjectivefurler, noun

Word Origin for furl

C16: from Old French ferlier to bind tightly, from ferm tight (from Latin firmus firm 1) + lier to tie, bind, from Latin ligāre
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Word Origin and History for furl
v.

1550s, of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle French ferler "to furl," from Old French ferliier "chain, tie up, lock away," perhaps from fer "firm" (from Latin firmus; see firm (adj.)) + -lier "to bind" (from Latin ligare). Related: Furled; furling.

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