Purl definitions

pûrl
A purling stream or rill.
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To flow or ripple with a murmuring sound.
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The murmuring sound of purling water.
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The sound made by rippling water.
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Twisted metal thread, as of gold or silver, used in embroidery.
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Inversion of a knit stitch; purl stitch.
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A small loop, or a chain of loops, made on the edge of lace.
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A decorative edging of lace or embroidery.
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An inversion of stitches in knitting to produce a more varied texture.
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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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To knit (yarn) with a purl stitch.
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To move in eddies; swirl.
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To edge or finish (a handkerchief, for example) with lace or embroidery.
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verb
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To do knitting with a purl stitch.
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To edge (lace) with a chain of small loops.
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To edge or finish with lace or embroidery.
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To form (one or more inverted stitches) in knitting.
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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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(UK, dialect) A circle made by the motion of a fluid; an eddy; a ripple.
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(UK, dialect) A tern.
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The edge of lace trimmed with loops.
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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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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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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.

verb
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(archaic) Ale or beer spiced with wormwood or other bitter herbs, regarded as a tonic.
noun
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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) Hot beer mixed with gin, sugar, and spices.
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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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(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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Origin of purl

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.