Definition of furl in English:


Syllabification: furl
Pronunciation: /fərl


[with object]
  • 1Roll or fold up and secure neatly (a flag, sail, umbrella, or other piece of fabric): he shouted to the crew to furl sails (as adjective furled) a furled umbrella
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 [no object] literary Become rolled up; curl: (as adjective furled) the plant sends up cones of furled leaves
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    • Jaime looked sideways, at a police officer with a gun in his hands, smoke furling out of the gun's barrel.
    • Smoke rose from a hall in the roof and drifted with the wind, twisting and furling in on itself until you were unable to see it.
    • Getting dressed up in elegant gowns, putting your hair in complicated twists and furls.



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  • A more versatile boat would be similar to the M - 20 but with a furlable main sail and gennaker/genoa.
  • The instrument package would remain on the last-stage rocket, which could serve as a counterpoise for the furlable antenna of the beacon.
  • The inflatable arch tube with furlable canopy and an inflatable double-floor provides protection from inclement weather and hypothermia.


late 16th century: from French ferler, from Old French fer, ferm 'firm' + lier 'bind' (from Latin ligare).

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