purl

1

or pearl

[ purl ]
/ pɜrl /

verb (used with or without object)

to knit with a reverse stitch.
to finish with loops or a looped edging.

noun

a basic stitch in knitting, the reverse of the knit, formed by pulling a loop of the working yarn back through an existing stitch and then slipping that stitch off the needle.Compare knit (def. 11).
one of a series of small loops along the edge of lace braid.
thread made of twisted gold or silver wire.

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Origin of purl

1
First recorded in 1520–30; variant of obsolete or dial. pirl to twist (threads, etc.) into a cord

Definition for purl (2 of 2)

purl2
[ purl ]
/ pɜrl /

verb (used without object)

to flow with curling or rippling motion, as a shallow stream does over stones.
to flow with a murmuring sound.
to pass in a manner or with a sound likened to this.

noun

the action or sound of purling.
a circle or curl made by the motion of water; ripple; eddy.

Origin of purl

2
1545–55; origin uncertain; akin to Norwegian purla to bubble up, gush
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British Dictionary definitions for purl (1 of 2)

purl1
/ (pɜːl) /

noun

Also called: purl stitch a knitting stitch made by doing a plain stitch backwards
a decorative border, as of lace
gold or silver wire thread

verb

to knit (a row or garment) in purl stitch
to edge (something) with a purl
Also (for senses 2, 3, 5): pearl

Word Origin for purl

C16: from dialect pirl to twist into a cord

British Dictionary definitions for purl (2 of 2)

purl2
/ (pɜːl) /

verb

(intr) (of a stream, etc) to flow with a gentle curling or rippling movement and a murmuring sound

noun

a curling movement of water; eddy
a murmuring sound, as of a shallow stream

Word Origin for purl

C16: related to Norwegian purla to bubble
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