- 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 a spiral or curved course
- 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, typically done with weights, in which an extended arm is flexed, bringing the hand back toward the shoulder, or an extended leg is flexed, bringing the foot back toward the buttock
- 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.
(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.
From metathesis of Middle English crulle.
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.