Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Currently when the server sends the 401 and closes the connection the perl client doesn't re-try with the auth credentials. code snippet with curl options: my $curl = WWW:: Curl:: Easy-new; $curl - setopt (CURLOPT_HTTPGET, 1); $curl-setopt (CURLOPT_HTTPVERION_1_1, 1); $curl - setopt (CURLOPT_HTTPAUTH, CURLAUTH_DIGEST); $curl-setopt (CURLOPT_USERPWD, "admin: system");

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  • $curl - setopt (CURLOPT_PRIVATE, $curlId); $curl-setopt (CURLOPT_URL, $url); $curl -

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  • $max_line_length = 40; # set your curl location my $curl = "/ usr / bin / curl";

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  • If I didn't do the pin curl thing, I'd have to coat my head in hair spray, because my hair has serious Mad Scientist tendencies.

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  • Step one: Start by curling your lashes to ensure they blend seamlessly with the individual lashes, which have a built-in curl, and then apply one coat of mascara.

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  • Using the tilt of the Sixaxis, you stir the petal of a flower on the breeze, and as you touch other opening blooms on your way, your single pale curl is joined by gradually more colorful petals, eventually assembling the sort of floral cloud seen in artful visions of springtime cherry blossom breezes.

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  • Elizabethans, and Milton to Auden and Dylan Thomas, an elaborate tradition discernible in lavish metaphor and luxurious sound and rhythm, the second a domestic ageless tradition, an elementary language where, like a new Adam, the poet gives things their names, perceiving how the speech sounds take shape - as in a passage in the autobiographical Another Life: I watched the vowels curl from the tongue of the carpenter's plane,/resinous, fragrant ...

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  • Like a frantic creature and wholly forgetting that her hair was in curl-papers, Miss Rosetta hurried up the hill and down the shore road to the Wheeler Farm – a place she had never visited in her life before.

    Further Chronicles of Avonlea

  • Miss Rosetta always ran if anybody called and her front hair was in curl-papers; and, though the errand of the said caller might be life or death, he or she had to wait until Miss Rosetta had taken her hair out.

    Further Chronicles of Avonlea

  • MISS ROSETTA ELLIS, with her front hair in curl-papers, and her back hair bound with a checked apron, was out in her breezy side yard under the firs, shaking her parlor rugs, when Mr. Nathan Patterson drove in.

    Further Chronicles of Avonlea

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