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purl1

Syllabification: purl
Pronunciation: /pərl
 
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adjective

[attributive]
Denoting or relating to a knitting stitch made by putting the needle through the front of the stitch from right to left. Compare with knit.

noun

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A purl stitch.
Example sentences
  • To spend a long part of your career knitting one purl, one plain, operating mainly below the radar level, and then to receive one of the world's great prizes is amazing.

verb

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Knit with a purl stitch: knit one, purl one
More example sentences
  • Purl one, knit one, purl one, purl one - wait, that was a knit, wasn't it?
  • Or perhaps it'll be cyber-knitters, chanting some elaborated version of ‘knit one, purl two’ as they create mythic tapestries or heal rifts in the fabric of space-time.
  • Although, I find it less annoying than a rib - knit 3, move yarn, purl 3, move yarn, repeat - because I always loose track of what stitch I'm on.

Origin

mid 17th century (as a noun): of uncertain origin.

Words that rhyme with purl

birl, burl, churl, curl, earl, Erle, furl, girl, herl, hurl, knurl, merle, pas seul, pearl, Searle, skirl, squirl, swirl, twirl, whirl, whorl

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purl2

Syllabification: purl
Pronunciation: /pərl
 
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verb

[no object]
(Of a stream or river) flow with a swirling motion and babbling sound.
Example sentences
  • The water gurgled and purled, loudly at first, then softly, as a powerful foot-wide whirlpool took shape.
  • Miri could not imagine there was such a beautiful place as the island of Philae, an island amongst islands washed by the purling waters of the Nile.
  • I look out of the window and through the purling drops I can see gutters running with water; I can see the clouds almost black with rain to come.

noun

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A purling motion or sound.
Example sentences
  • His hands just purled off notes in all shapes and forms.
  • The shadows lurched forward, purling around his ankles like tendrils of smoke.
  • No. 23 (F Major - Moderato) purls off the piano like drops of water for some forty seconds before the conclusion begins, in No. 24 (D Minor - Allegro appassionato), sweeping, broad, interlaced with runs.

Origin

early 16th century (denoting a small swirling stream): probably imitative; compare with Norwegian purla 'bubble up'.

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