[ furl ]
/ fɜrl /
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)
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 furlfurl·a·ble, adjectivefurler, noun
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How to use furl in a sentence
They were certainly perfectly white long after we left Rio; they have not been either furled or unbent.
The racing boats were anchored in line, with their sails furled; their places having beforehand been determined by lot.
The Viking followed, and likewise anchored at a little distance, and sails were furled.
Scarcely were the sails furled than the storm which had been brewing burst above our heads.
British Dictionary definitions for furl
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
Derived forms of furlfurlable, 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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