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furl

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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.
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Idioms about furl

    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)

OTHER WORDS FROM furl

furl·a·ble, adjectivefurler, noun

Other definitions for furl (2 of 2)

furl.

abbreviation
furlough.
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How to use furl in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for furl

furl
/ (fɜːl) /

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 forms of furl

furlable, 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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