verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of furl
Examples from the Web for furl
Historical Examples of furl
At midnight, orders were given to furl the fore and mizen topsails.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
Every effort was made to clear the wreck and to furl the sails.The History of Little Peter, the Ship Boy
We are going to loose and furl, and you can see better there than here.Up The Baltic
Jim and I were sent aloft to the fore-topgallant sailyard to furl the sail.Peter Trawl
W. H. G. Kingston
Let go the topgallant and topsail halliards, and clew up and furl the sails.The Rover's Secret
Word Origin for furl
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.