curl definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
curl definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb curled, curl·ing, curls verb, transitive
- 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: Middle English crullen, curlen, from crulle, curly, perhaps of Middle Low German origin.
, Robert Floyd, Jr. Born 1933.
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.
curl - Phrases/Idioms
- to gather into spirals or curls; roll up
- to sit or lie with the legs drawn up
- Informal to collapse; break down