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verb (used with object)
  1. 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)
  1. to become furled.

  1. the act of furling.

  2. something furled, as a roll.

Idioms about furl

  1. furl in a body, Nautical. to furl (a square sail) with loose canvas gathered at the mast, so as to make a harbor furl.

  2. 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, adjective
  • furler, noun

Other definitions for furl. (2 of 2)


  1. furlough.

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British Dictionary definitions for furl


/ (fɜːl) /

  1. to roll up (an umbrella, a flag, etc) neatly and securely or (of an umbrella, flag, etc) to be rolled up in this way

  2. (tr) nautical to gather in (a square sail)

  1. the act or an instance of furling

  2. a single rolled-up section

Origin of furl

C16: from Old French ferlier to bind tightly, from ferm tight (from Latin firmus firm 1) + lier to tie, bind, from Latin ligāre

Derived forms of furl

  • furlable, adjective
  • furler, noun

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