EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS 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) 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 forms furl·a·ble, adjective furl·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for furled Historical Examples of furled
At these words, Barnaby
furled his flag, and tied it round the pole.
furled, others were reefed, and all was made fairly snug.
Her sails were
furled; the slide of her scuttle hatch was closed and padlocked.
The little yacht was in the water now, still helpless because of her
The sails had been
furled, but the wind and the water needed no aid. British Dictionary definitions for furled 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 furlable, adjective furler, 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 furled 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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