to roll up tightly and make secure, as a flag to a staff or a sail to a spar
Origin of furl; from 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 firm1 + lier, to bind (from Latin ligare; see leig- in Indo-European roots).