There are 2 definitions of purl in English:

purl1

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Pronunciation: /pəːl
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1A knitting stitch made by putting the needle through the front of the stitch from right to left: [as modifier]: a purl stitch Compare with plain1 (sense 5) of the adjective).
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  • Priscilla Gibson-Roberts explains how wrapping the yarns the way most western cultures do for the purl stitch, tends to use just a bit more yarn, so the purls rows are just a little looser than the knit rows.
  • Look at how crisp the bobbles are and regularity the purl stitches.
  • Eddie was trying to explain to Pride the difference between knit and purl, and how to use each of them.
2A cord of twisted gold or silver wire used for bordering or edging something.
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  • The spangle kept in place by a stitch through a short piece of Purl.
2.1An ornamental edging of lace or ribbon.
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  • Portrayed in seventeenth-century dress, the central figures are richly picked out in colourful threads of satin and stern stitch with couched silk and purl.

verb

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Knit with a purl stitch: knit one, purl one
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  • 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: of uncertain origin.

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There are 2 definitions of purl in English:

purl2

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Pronunciation: /pəːl
 
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literary

verb

[no object]
(Of a stream or river) flow with a swirling motion and babbling sound: large stones stood blackly in the water, making it purl as it rolled around them
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  • 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: it was quiet except for the liquid purl of the fountain
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  • 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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