verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of furl
Examples from the Web for furling
The order to come in from the yards when reefing, furling, or other duty is performed.
Victoria walked away; cold gusts of wind struck her, chilling her to the bone, catching and furling her skirts about her.A Bed of Roses|W. L. George
It was quite glorious to-day how we beat the Samarang in furling sails.
"All serene," said Charlie, furling his canvas with secret relief.Bosom Friends|Angela Brazil
In furling a sail, to make its final package at the centre of the yard when in its skin.
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.