Meaning of CURL in English


I. ˈkər(-ə)l verb

Etymology: Middle English, from crul curly, probably from Middle Dutch; akin to Old High German krol curly

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to form (as the hair) into coils or ringlets

2. : to form into a curved shape : twist

curl ed his lip in a sneer

3. : to furnish with curls

intransitive verb


a. : to grow in coils or spirals

b. : to form ripples or crinkles

bacon curl ing in a pan

2. : to move or progress in curves or spirals : wind

the path curl ed along the mountainside

3. : twist , contort

4. : to play the game of curling

II. noun

Date: 1578

1. : a lock of hair that coils : ringlet

2. : something having a spiral or winding form : coil

3. : the action of curling : the state of being curled

4. : a curved or spiral marking in the grain of wood

5. : a hollow arch of water formed when the crest of a breaking wave spills forward

6. : a usually short pass pattern in football in which a receiver runs downfield and then curves back toward the line of scrimmage

7. : a body-building exercise in which a weight held with the palms facing up is raised and lowered by flexing only the wrists or elbows

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.