Meaning of CURL in English

CURL

I. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

curling tongs

smoke curls

Smoke curled from cooking fires next to a group of tents.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

around

Thick, dark hair curled around his face and his rolled-up sleeves revealed strong, well-muscled arms.

A musk smell lingered on Groves' sleeve, from where the female snake had curled around his arm.

A narrow stairway of stone curled around a pillar near the door and disappeared through the beams of the roof.

He studies the little dark face and massages a limp hand until the fingers curl around his own.

He could feel the tendrils curling around his legs.

There are single ropes to curl around and seats on single ropes.

A worm curled around the globe.

back

Her lips curl back from her teeth with pleasure.

As he drew closer he counted four sleeping on the water; necks curled back , heads nestling under wings.

Her black eyes were bright, her lips curled back in a fearsome snarl that dribbled saliva and left her tongue hanging.

A male bighorn sheep curls back his upper lip in an attempt to determine the reproductive state of a female close by.

over

A self-satisfied smile curled over her lips.

She was straining against her chain with her lips curled over her teeth and her ears pinned back.

round

In the midst of the morning rush-hour his laughter drifted after her, curling round her senses and inflaming her still further.

The chain was in the process of curling round as if to join and form a circle.

up

Now she curled up in a ball, hunched, defeated.

One strand of her sound curled up to the pitch.

Aim to curl up with your head and shoulders lifting clear of the mat.

Her last thought before she fell asleep was of her tiny girls, curled up on the bed beside her.

She curled up in a tight ball as though to stop herself from breaking apart.

She was now sleeping with Richard at night, curled up into a ball on the pillow by his head.

She was curled up in the flexed position.

By now the sounds of his waking hours were familiar to the boy curled up in an army greatcoat in the room below.

■ NOUN

ball

The keeper comes out and Page curls the ball past him into the net.

Officers found him curled in a ball on the passenger side.

Now she curled up in a ball , hunched, defeated.

In the morning, when I woke, I was curled into a little ball around it.

He groaned, and curled himself into a ball .

She was now sleeping with Richard at night, curled up into a ball on the pillow by his head.

I wanted to curl into a tiny ball and be forgotten about by everyone.

Connors said the guy must have curled up into a ball and hidden in a waste-basket.

bed

He had curled up on to his bed at the first opportunity and fallen fast asleep.

Her last thought before she fell asleep was of her tiny girls, curled up on the bed beside her.

Nina was curled up under a bed upstairs.

He took off his clothes, and Isobel curled up on the bed watching him, like a little cat.

Maybe if she could just curl up on her bed and sleep for a while she'd feel better.

edge

But the ancient pages were beginning to curl , the edges beginning to smoulder.

These leaves, too, were curled around the edges , and their undersides were covered with a downy tan fuzz.

If the doorsteps could have curled at the edges , they would have done so.

He watched the lower leaves blanch and curl downward at the edges .

The mature leaves are deeply lobed, often curling at the edges .

Concentration curls Sit on the edge of the bench with your knees apart.

finger

He studies the little dark face and massages a limp hand until the fingers curl around his own.

It is pale and lumpy; the tips of the fingers are curled slightly backward.

One arm disentangled itself from the covers, her fingers curling indolently into the fine cotton of the quilt.

Ashley's fingers curled tighter around the steering-wheel.

The fingers of one hand curled around her neck, his thumb angled beneath her jaw to tip back her head.

She wanted to give in, weaken, her eyes closing and her fingers curling on his hard shoulders.

hair

Thick, dark hair curled around his face and his rolled-up sleeves revealed strong, well-muscled arms.

You could fill a book with such hair-curling true stories of blighted lives and justice traduced.

She was sitting up in bed, her glasses already adorning her gaunt face and her hair curled up tightly on rollers.

A lot of black hair that curled down her back.

These gallants, with hair long and curled , and jerkins dripping pearls, proved to be raucous and strident.

hand

She saw his hands curl into white-knuckled fists and knew he was fighting to keep them at his sides.

He falls asleep sometimes, slumped in the chair, a hand curled bri the broadloom rug.

He studies the little dark face and massages a limp hand until the fingers curl around his own.

He would probably touch, rise on an elbow and touch her on the hip with his hand curled soft.

Her left hand was curled down under the hem of her skirt, which she'd pulled up on that side.

Her hands curled slowly into fists, the nails scoring the soft palms until she winced, and let them relax again.

The fingers of one hand curled around her neck, his thumb angled beneath her jaw to tip back her head.

lip

It was fantastic, my lip would curl up and my knee would go wobbly and I'd sing Blue Suede Shoes.

Her lip was ready to curl if he said anything.

His face was sallow, his lips curled down in a perpetual sulk.

Her lips curl back from her teeth with pleasure.

She was straining against her chain with her lips curled over her teeth and her ears pinned back.

Her black eyes were bright, her lips curled back in a fearsome snarl that dribbled saliva and left her tongue hanging.

I felt my lip curl , and the inside of my mouth dry out and tighten as if I had been sucking lemons.

Michael looked her up and down, his lips curling with contempt.

mouth

He slipped a peppermint into his mouth and curled up, gazing at the legs.

Its mouth curled upwards for the first time.

side

He saw Kimberley and Killion curling in from either side , and wondered that they were both intact.

Her legs were curled to the side , slender with dainty ankles curving to small, arched feet.

A white cat and the marmalade and white lay curled up side by side in an armchair.

The spotlight cast shadows that curled on the sculpted sides of the motor launches.

smile

A self-satisfied smile curled over her lips.

smoke

When they opened their mouths to speak the smoke curled out, like shadows of words.

She lit a cigarette and the smoke curled in tendrils around her face.

toe

One Lapp shows me his reindeer skin boots, and shrugs when I ask him why the toes curl up.

His toes curled in his shoes.

She felt her toes curl , but couldn't help giving him a sharp glance.

Check to see if your toes are curled .

■ VERB

lie

Jinju lay curled atop a pile of grass and weeds, neither crying nor complaining, a grin frozen on her face.

He crept by the couch where she lay curled , snoring with her mouth open.

The spot where the scientist had lain curled , busily taking photographs and taking notes, is preempted by the pilot.

want

I wanted to curl into a tiny ball and be forgotten about by everyone.

He wanted to curl lip in the doorway, for the night.

I had wanted to curl up in my sleeping-bag on the ground.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

crop of dark hair/blonde curls etc

make sb's hair curl

The moisture had made his hair curl even more, and had brought out the hardiness of his complexion.

The things he could tell you about her would make your hair curl.

make sb's toes curl

The mere sight of him was enough to make McAllister's toes curl.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I didn't have a chance to curl my hair this morning.

I threw the letter into the fire. It curled, darkened, and then burst into flames.

Penelope's fingers curled and uncurled nervously in her lap.

The document was yellow and its edges had curled inward.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Booze was soporific, the brain was programmed to zero, it curled up and slept.

I curled up in a fetal position after the Elimination Ritual and waited for sleep to come.

One of her feet curled over the top of the other one, and rubbed it affectionately.

She curled up in a tight ball as though to stop herself from breaking apart.

Thick, dark hair curled around his face and his rolled-up sleeves revealed strong, well-muscled arms.

Touch it again, and it will curl up again, and then stretch out once more.

II. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

black

Her large grin and knotted black curls were, strangely enough, more memorable.

He put on a wig of black curls .

Rain broke on the points of the spears, crawled glistening in the tribesmen's cropped black curls .

blonde

Léonie did not want to watch Thérèse clamber on his knee, twist her blonde curls with one finger, ogle him.

dark

All had the dark eyes and dark curls of their father.

Papi emerged from the bathroom combing his dark wet curls flat.

And some weeks later, there were some new, darker red curls , which pleased Anne very much.

Of the dark curls which showed in the neck of his shirt.

She had the oddest desire to touch the dark curls that danced on his head.

He had startlingly blue eyes and dark tumbling curls over his forehead; a narrow face; a skinny body.

golden

Three or four years old, a mere toddler, a boy with golden curls gathering blue flowers.

long

I lift the long curls from my head and brush some life back into my flattened hair.

Afterwards she combed out long gray curls which turned into ringlets in the sun.

She pushed back a long fair curl with one hand.

I hated her because she wore long red banana curls and a big bow in her hair.

red

Her hair grew in dry red curls , dark red like rust or winter bracken.

I hated her because she wore long red banana curls and a big bow in her hair.

One little girl had familiar red curls .

And some weeks later, there were some new, darker red curls , which pleased Anne very much.

His red curls dropped under the blunt scissors.

soft

Wella High Hair Bolumising Mousse was applied to create soft curls .

Mike with soft brown curls , wire-rim glasses, easy smile, and slender frame.

Her fingers trailed slowly over his chest, tangling absently in the soft curls .

tight

The hair on them had been flattened by the sheets, making the tight curls into hieroglyphs on his skin.

He had the face of an angel, surrounded by a halo of tight blond curls .

A A body perm is one that creates volume and body rather than tight curls .

Curlers in all different shapes and sizes are available in Boots - just remember the smaller the roller the tighter the curl .

Once the heaviness dropped away her black hair formed into tight curls , and for the first time she looked almost pretty.

■ NOUN

hair

The sound was strident and made the hair curl on the back of his neck.

Pretty technical stuff this, with enough contentious issues to make every boar farmer's hair curl .

The moisture had made his hair curl even more, and had brought out the hardiness of his complexion.

The things he could tell you about her would make your hair curl .

■ VERB

make

Even hair which is naturally curly can be transformed because rollers can help to make the existing curls more crisp and structured.

You can easily make the curls by twisting gold gift tie and sticking it into the cake.

The moisture had made his hair curl even more, and had brought out the hardiness of his complexion.

I heard the machine that he rubs across the floor start up with that horrendous howl that makes my teeth curl .

The things he could tell you about her would make your hair curl .

The mere sight of him was enough to make McAllister's toes curl .

The hair on them had been flattened by the sheets, making the tight curls into hieroglyphs on his skin.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

A curl of smoke rose from her cigarette.

Chocolate curls make an elegant decoration for cakes and desserts.

Do two sets each of bicep and tricep curls.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Afterwards she combed out long gray curls which turned into ringlets in the sun.

Apply Sorbie Curl Forme on to hair to revitalise curls and add body and shine.

He had startlingly blue eyes and dark tumbling curls over his forehead; a narrow face; a skinny body.

My hair is flat, it has lost its curl .

Sleep had flattened one side of her Afro and a curl had broken free above her forehead.

These keep the curls tight and the cuticle sealed.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.