purfle

[pur-fuh l]
verb (used with object), pur·fled, pur·fling.
  1. to finish with an ornamental border.
  2. to decorate (a shrine or tabernacle) with architectural forms in miniature.
noun
  1. 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

1275–1325; Middle English purfilen < Middle French porfiler to make or adorn a border, equivalent to por- pro1 + filer to spin, derivative of fil thread < Latin fīlum. See profile
Related formspur·fler, noun
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Examples from the Web for purfling

Historical Examples of purfling

  • For the bending of the purfling there may be, of course, any number of methods.

  • The purfling is composed of three strips of lime-tree, two of which are stained black.

    The Violin

    George Hart

  • The purfling of the brothers Amati is very beautifully executed.

    The Violin

    George Hart

  • The purfling is a trifle wider, but narrower than that afterwards used.

    The Violin

    George Hart

  • The purfling is of whalebone, like that of most of the Dutch makers.

    The Violin

    George Hart


British Dictionary definitions for purfling

purfle

noun Also: purfling
  1. a ruffled or curved ornamental band, as on clothing, furniture, etc
verb
  1. (tr) to decorate with such a band or bands

Word Origin for purfle

C14: from Old French purfiler to decorate with a border, from filer to spin, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum
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