- to gather into a compact roll and bind securely, as a sail against a spar or a flag against its staff.
- to become furled.
- the act of furling.
- something furled, as a roll.
- 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
Examples from the Web for furled
Historical Examples of furled
At these words, Barnaby furled his flag, and tied it round the pole.Barnaby Rudge
Sails were furled, others were reefed, and all was made fairly snug.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Her sails were furled; the slide of her scuttle hatch was closed and padlocked.Chance
The little yacht was in the water now, still helpless because of her furled sails.Glory of Youth
The sails had been furled, but the wind and the water needed no aid.
- 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)
- the act or an instance of furling
- a single rolled-up section
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.