- Roll or fold up (something) neatly and securely: the flag was tightly furled (as adjective furled) the plant sends up cones of furled leavesMore example sentences
- Fearing they would be blown into the island cliffs, the crew furled the main sail, then to lower the ship's profile further, Alexander ordered the main spar lowered.
- Aida remembered that Maria arose early in the morning, when the blooms were tightly furled.
- Men who have climbed a gyrating mast to furl a sail in a storm or have laboured at the helm in rough seas will never underestimate the power of the sea.
late 16th century: from French ferler, from Old French fer, ferm 'firm' + lier 'bind' (from Latin ligare).
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