- to wind or twist (esp. hair) into ringlets or coils
- to cause to roll over or bend around
- to raise the upper corner of (the lip), as in showing contempt or scorn
Origin of curlMiddle English curlen, by metathesis ; from crullen, to curl, bend, twist ; from crul, curly, akin to Dutch krul ; from Germanic an unverified form kruzla ; from Indo-European an unverified form greu-s ; from base an unverified form ger-: see cradle
- to form curls; become curled
- to assume a spiral or curved shape
- to move in spirals; undulate
- to play the game of curling
- a little coil of hair; ringlet
- anything with a spiral or curled shape; any coil
- a curling or being curled
- any of various diseases of plants in which the leaves curl up
- an exercise in which a weight or other resistance is pulled upward in a curl-like motion by a fully extended arm or leg
- to gather into spirals or curls; roll up
- to sit or lie with the legs drawn up
- Informal to collapse; break down
verbcurled, curl·ing, curls
- To twist (the hair, for example) into ringlets or coils.
- To form into a coiled or spiral shape: curled the ends of the ribbon.
- To decorate with coiled or spiral shapes.
- To raise and turn under (the upper lip), as in snarling or showing scorn.
- Sports To lift (a weight) by performing a curl.
- To form ringlets or coils.
- To assume a spiral or curved shape.
- To move in a curve or spiral: The wave curled over the surfer.
- Sports To engage in curling.
- Something with a spiral or coiled shape.
- A coil or ringlet of hair.
- A treatment in which the hair is curled.
- a. The act of curling: the curl of a meandering river.b. The state of being curled.
- 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.
- Any of various plant diseases in which the leaves roll up.
Origin of curlMiddle English crullen, curlen, from crulle, curly, perhaps of Middle Low German origin.
- A piece or lock of curling hair; a ringlet.
- A curved stroke or shape.
- A spin making the trajectory of an object curve.
- (curling) Movement of a moving rock away from a straight line.
- (weightlifting) Any exercise performed by bending the arm, wrist, or leg on the exertion against resistance, especially those that train the biceps.
- (calculus) The vector field denoting the rotationality of a given vector field.
- The curl of the vector field is the vector field .
- (calculus, proper noun) The vector operator, denoted or , that generates this field.
- (agriculture) Any of various diseases of plants causing the leaves or shoots to curl up; often specifically the potato curl.
- (music, chiefly lutherie) The contrasting light and dark figure seen in wood used for stringed instrument making; the flame.
- The one-piece back is of a medium curl.
- (weightlifting exercise): extension
(third-person singular simple present curls, present participle curling, simple past and past participle curled)
- To cause to move in a curve.
- To make into a curl or spiral.
- (intransitive) To assume the shape of a curl or spiral.
- (intransitive) To move in curves.
- (intransitive, curling) To take part in the sport of curling
- I curl at my local club every weekend.
- (weightlifting) To exercise by bending the arm, wrist, or leg on the exertion against resistance, especially of the biceps.
- To twist or form (the hair, etc.) into ringlets.
- To deck with, or as if with, curls; to ornament.
- To raise in waves or undulations; to ripple.
- (hat-making) To shape (the brim of a hat) into a curve.
curl - Computer Definition
(1) A programming environment for developing rich Internet applications (RIAs) from Curl, Inc., Cambridge, MA (www.curl.com). Conceived at MIT, Curl combines HTML markup with an object-oriented programming language. The user's machine requires the Curl runtime engine and browser plug-in for execution. The first Curl implementation was released in 2002. See RIA.
(2) (cURL) A command line utility for executing functions with URL-oriented protocols such as FTP and HTTP. Pronounced "C-URL," there are versions for Unix, Linux, Windows, Mac and other operating systems. For more information, visit http://curl.haxx.se.