to roll up tightly and make secure, as a flag to a staff or a sail to a spar
Origin of furlfrom Old French ferlier from fermlier, to tie up from ferm ( from Classical Latin firmus, firm) + lier ( from Classical Latin ligare, to tie: see ligature)
to become curled or rolled up
- a roll or coil of something furled
- a furling or being furled
verbfurled, furl·ing, furls
To roll up and secure (a flag or sail, for example) to something else.
To be or become rolled up.
- The act or an instance of rolling up.
- A single roll or a rolled section.
Origin of furlPerhaps from French ferler from Old French ferlier to fasten ferm firm ; see firm 1. lier to bind ( from Latin ligāre ; see leig- in Indo-European roots.)