Purl meaning

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To move in eddies; swirl.
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The sound made by rippling water.
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To knit (yarn) with a purl stitch.
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To flow or ripple with a murmuring sound.
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To edge or finish (a handkerchief, for example) with lace or embroidery.
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To do knitting with a purl stitch.
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To edge or finish with lace or embroidery.
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Inversion of a knit stitch; purl stitch.
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A decorative edging of lace or embroidery.
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Gold or silver wire used in embroidery.
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To move in ripples or with a murmuring sound.
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A purling stream or rill.
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The murmuring sound of purling water.
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To edge (lace) with a chain of small loops.
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To form (one or more inverted stitches) in knitting.
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Twisted metal thread, as of gold or silver, used in embroidery.
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A small loop, or a chain of loops, made on the edge of lace.
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An inversion of stitches in knitting to produce a more varied texture.
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(Persistent URL) A URL that points to another URL. PURLs are used when document pages are expected to be moved to different locations from time to time. The PURL is maintained as the official URL for that resource, and when that PURL is requested, a PURL server redirects the browser to the actual current URL. See also Perl.
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A particular stitch in knitting; an inversion of stitches giving the work a ribbed or waved appearance.
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The edge of lace trimmed with loops.
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An embroidered and puckered border; a hem or fringe, often of gold or silver twist; also, a pleat or fold, as of a band.
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To decorate with fringe or embroidered edge.

Needlework purled with gold.

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(knitting) An inverted stitch producing ribbing etc.

Knit one, purl two.

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A heavy or headlong fall; an upset.
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(archaic) To upset, to spin, capsize, fall heavily, fall headlong.

The huntsman was purled from his horse.

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(intransitive) To flow with a murmuring sound in swirls and eddies.
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To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to curl; to mantle.
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(UK, dialect) A circle made by the motion of a fluid; an eddy; a ripple.
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(UK, dialect) A gentle murmuring sound, such as that produced by the running of a liquid among obstructions.

The purl of a brook.

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(archaic) Ale or beer spiced with wormwood or other bitter herbs, regarded as a tonic.
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(archaic) Hot beer mixed with gin, sugar, and spices.
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(UK, dialect) A tern.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of purl

  • Probably of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Etymology uncertain; apparently related to Scots and dialect pirl ("twist, ripple, whirl, spin"), and possibly to Older Scots pyrl ("thrust or poke at"). Compare Venetian pirlo, an embellishment where the woven threads are twisted together. May be unrelated to purfle, though the meanings are similar.

    From Wiktionary

  • from Middle English pirle (“whirligig"), Middle Italian pirla (“whipping top")

    From Wiktionary

  • Possibly from the pearl-like appearance caused by bubbles on the surface of the liquid.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old Norse purla (“to babble")

    From Wiktionary