- to finish with an ornamental border.
- to decorate (a shrine or tabernacle) with architectural forms in miniature.
- Also called pur·fling. an ornamental border, as the inlaid border near the outer edge of the table and back of a stringed instrument.
Origin of purfle
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For the bending of the purfling there may be, of course, any number of methods.The Repairing & Restoration of Violins
The purfling of the brothers Amati is very beautifully executed.
The purfling is a trifle wider, but narrower than that afterwards used.
The purfling is composed of three strips of lime-tree, two of which are stained black.
The purfling is of whalebone, like that of most of the Dutch makers.
- a ruffled or curved ornamental band, as on clothing, furniture, etc
- (tr) to decorate with such a band or bands
C14: from Old French purfiler to decorate with a border, from filer to spin, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum
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