Found 2 items, similar to purl.
English → English
v 1: flow in a circular current, of liquids [syn: eddy
2: make a murmuring sound; “the water was purling”
3: knit with a purl stitch
4: edge or border with gold or silver embroidery
5: embroider with gold or silver thread
n 1: gold or silver wire thread
2: a basic knitting stitch [syn: purl stitch
English → English
, n. [See 3d Purl
1. A circle made by the notion of a fluid; an eddy; a ripple.
Whose stream an easy breath doth seem to blow,
Which on the sparkling gravel runs in purles,
As though the waves had been of silver curls.
2. A gentle murmur, as that produced by the running of a
liquid among obstructions; as, the purl of a brook.
3. [Perh. from F. perler, v. See Purl
to mantle.] Malt
liquor, medicated or spiced; formerly, ale or beer in
which wormwood or other bitter herbs had been infused, and
which was regarded as tonic; at present, hot beer mixed
with gin, sugar, and spices. “Drank a glass of purl to
--Addison. “Drinking hot purl, and
4. (Zo["o]l.) A tern. [Prov. Eng.]
, v. t. [Contr. fr. purfile, purfle. See Purfle
To decorate with fringe or embroidery. “Nature's cradle more
enchased and purled.”
1. An embroidered and puckered border; a hem or fringe, often
of gold or silver twist; also, a pleat or fold, as of a
A triumphant chariot made of carnation velvet,
enriched withpurl and pearl. --Sir P.
2. An inversion of stitches in knitting, which gives to the
work a ribbed or waved appearance.
. Same as Purl
, n., 2.
, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Purled
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [Cf. Sw. porla, and E. pur to murmur as a cat.]
1. To run swiftly round, as a small stream flowing among
stones or other obstructions; to eddy; also, to make a
murmuring sound, as water does in running over or through
Swift o'er the rolling pebbles, down the hills,
Louder and louder purl the falling rills. --Pope.
2. [Perh. fr. F. perler to pearl, to bead. See Pearl
, v. &
n.] To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to curl;
thin winding breath which purled up to the sky.