verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of furl
Examples from the Web for furl
The men were immediately sent aloft to furl the sails, which operation lasted a few minutes.
It was my duty to furl the fore-royal; and, while standing by to loose it again, I had a fine view of the scene.
The order was immediately given to furl sails and strike topgallant masts.Ben Burton|W. H. G. Kingston
Then they might furl their sails and sit every man under his own olive tree.Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town|Stephen Leacock
It is said that if the wind falls they can unfurl more sail, or furl if it rises.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)|J. Arthur Thomson
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.