from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To twist (the hair, for example) into ringlets or coils.
- transitive v. To form into a coiled or spiral shape: curled the ends of the ribbon.
- transitive v. To decorate with coiled or spiral shapes.
- transitive v. To raise and turn under (the upper lip), as in snarling or showing scorn.
- transitive v. Sports To lift (a weight) by performing a curl.
- intransitive v. To form ringlets or coils.
- intransitive v. To assume a spiral or curved shape.
- intransitive v. To move in a curve or spiral: The wave curled over the surfer.
- intransitive v. Sports To engage in curling.
- n. Something with a spiral or coiled shape.
- n. A coil or ringlet of hair.
- n. A treatment in which the hair is curled.
- n. The act of curling: the curl of a meandering river.
- n. The state of being curled.
- n. Sports A weightlifting exercise using one or two hands, in which a weight held at the thigh or to the side of the body is raised to the chest or shoulder and then lowered without moving the upper arms, shoulders, or back.
- n. Any of various plant diseases in which the leaves roll up.
- curl up To assume a position with the legs drawn up: The child curled up in an armchair to read.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A piece or lock of curling hair; a ringlet.
- n. A curved stroke or shape.
- n. A spin making the trajectory of an object curve.
- n. Movement of a moving rock away from a straight line.
- n. Any exercise performed by bending the arm, wrist, or leg on the exertion against resistance, especially those that train the biceps.
- n. The vector field denoting the rotationality of a given vector field.
- n. The vector operator, denoted or , that generates this field.
- n. Any of various diseases of plants causing the leaves or shoots to curl up; often specifically the potato curl.
- n. The contrasting light and dark figure seen in wood used for stringed instrument making; the flame.
- v. To cause to move in a curve.
- v. To make into a curl or spiral.
- v. To assume the shape of a curl or spiral.
- v. To move in curves.
- v. To take part in the sport of curling
- v. To exercise by bending the arm, wrist, or leg on the exertion against resistance, especially of the biceps.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To twist or form into ringlets; to crisp, as the hair.
- transitive v. To twist or make onto coils, as a serpent's body.
- transitive v. To deck with, or as with, curls; to ornament.
- transitive v. To raise in waves or undulations; to ripple.
- transitive v. To shape (the brim) into a curve.
- intransitive v. To contract or bend into curls or ringlets, as hair; to grow in curls or spirals, as a vine; to be crinkled or contorted; to have a curly appearance.
- intransitive v. To move in curves, spirals, or undulations; to contract in curving outlines; to bend in a curved form; to make a curl or curls.
- intransitive v. To play at the game called curling.
- n. A ringlet, especially of hair; anything of a spiral or winding form.
- n. An undulating or waving line or streak in any substance, as wood, glass, etc.; flexure; sinuosity.
- n. A disease in potatoes, in which the leaves, at their first appearance, seem curled and shrunken.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ringlet of hair.
- n. Hence Something having a similar spiral form; any undulation, sinuosity, or flexure.
- n. Specifically, a winding or circling in the grain of wood.
- n. A disease of peach-trees which causes great distortion of the leaves. It is caused by an ascomycetous fungus, Taphrina deformans. See Taphrina.
- n. In mathematics, the vector part of the quaternion resulting from the performance of the operation i.d/dx + j.d/dy + k.d/dz on any vector function iX + jY + kZ.
- To turn, bend, or form into ringlets, as the hair.
- To dress or adorn with or as with curls; make up the hair of into curls.
- To bring or form into the spiral shape of a ringlet or curl; in general, to make curves, turns, or undulations in or on.
- To take the form of curls or ringlets, as hair.
- Hence To assume any similar spiral shape; in general, to become curved, bent, or undulated: often with up.
- To turn and twist about; writhe; squirm.
- To play at curling. See curling.
- n. A disease of potatoes in which the shoots become curled up and deformed. It is attributed to chlorosis.
- n. A disease of other plants in which the leaves curl up.—Leaf-curl. See leaf-curl.
- In cricket, to cause (the ball) to curve in the air: said of the bowler.
- In cricket, to curve in the air: said of the ball.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. twist or roll into coils or ringlets
- v. wind around something in coils or loops
- n. American chemist who with Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto discovered fullerenes and opened a new branch of chemistry (born in 1933)
- v. form a curl, curve, or kink
- v. shape one's body into a curl
- n. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
- v. play the Scottish game of curling
- n. a strand or cluster of hair
Middle English crullen, curlen, from crulle, curly, perhaps of Middle Low German origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From metathesis of Middle English crulle. (Wiktionary)