Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To twist (the hair, for example) into ringlets or coils.
  • intransitive verb To form into a coiled or spiral shape.
  • intransitive verb To decorate with coiled or spiral shapes.
  • intransitive verb To raise and turn under (the upper lip), as in snarling or showing scorn.
  • intransitive verb Sports To lift (a weight) by performing a curl.
  • intransitive verb To form ringlets or coils.
  • intransitive verb To assume a spiral or curved shape.
  • intransitive verb To move in a curve or spiral.
  • intransitive verb Sports To engage in curling.
  • noun Something with a spiral or coiled shape.
  • noun A coil or ringlet of hair.
  • noun A treatment in which the hair is curled.
  • noun The act of curling.
  • noun The state of being curled.
  • noun Sports A weightlifting exercise using one or two hands, in which a weight held at the thigh or to the side of the body is raised to the chest or shoulder and then lowered without moving the upper arms, shoulders, or back.
  • noun Any of various plant diseases in which the leaves roll up.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A disease of potatoes in which the shoots become curled up and deformed. It is attributed to chlorosis.
  • noun A disease of other plants in which the leaves curl up.—Leaf-curl. See leaf-curl.
  • noun A ringlet of hair.
  • noun Hence Something having a similar spiral form; any undulation, sinuosity, or flexure.
  • noun Specifically, a winding or circling in the grain of wood.
  • noun A disease of peach-trees which causes great distortion of the leaves. It is caused by an ascomycetous fungus, Taphrina deformans. See Taphrina.
  • noun In mathematics, the vector part of the quaternion resulting from the performance of the operation i.d/dx + j.d/dy + k.d/dz on any vector function iX + jY + kZ.
  • To turn, bend, or form into ringlets, as the hair.
  • To dress or adorn with or as with curls; make up the hair of into curls.
  • To bring or form into the spiral shape of a ringlet or curl; in general, to make curves, turns, or undulations in or on.
  • To take the form of curls or ringlets, as hair.
  • Hence To assume any similar spiral shape; in general, to become curved, bent, or undulated: often with up.
  • To turn and twist about; writhe; squirm.
  • To play at curling. See curling.
  • In cricket, to cause (the ball) to curve in the air: said of the bowler.
  • In cricket, to curve in the air: said of the ball.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To twist or form into ringlets; to crisp, as the hair.
  • transitive verb To twist or make onto coils, as a serpent's body.
  • transitive verb To deck with, or as with, curls; to ornament.
  • transitive verb To raise in waves or undulations; to ripple.
  • transitive verb (Hat Making) To shape (the brim) into a curve.
  • intransitive verb To contract or bend into curls or ringlets, as hair; to grow in curls or spirals, as a vine; to be crinkled or contorted; to have a curly appearance.
  • intransitive verb To move in curves, spirals, or undulations; to contract in curving outlines; to bend in a curved form; to make a curl or curls.
  • intransitive verb Scot. To play at the game called curling.
  • noun A ringlet, especially of hair; anything of a spiral or winding form.
  • noun An undulating or waving line or streak in any substance, as wood, glass, etc.; flexure; sinuosity.
  • noun A disease in potatoes, in which the leaves, at their first appearance, seem curled and shrunken.
  • noun (Bot.) See under Blue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A piece or lock of curling hair; a ringlet.
  • noun A curved stroke or shape.
  • noun A spin making the trajectory of an object curve.
  • noun curling Movement of a moving rock away from a straight line.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English crullen, curlen, from crulle, curly, perhaps of Middle Low German origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From metathesis of Middle English crulle.

Examples

  • Currently when the server sends the 401 and closes the connection the perl client doesn't re-try with the auth credentials. code snippet with curl options: my $curl = WWW:: Curl:: Easy-new; $curl - setopt (CURLOPT_HTTPGET, 1); $curl-setopt (CURLOPT_HTTPVERION_1_1, 1); $curl - setopt (CURLOPT_HTTPAUTH, CURLAUTH_DIGEST); $curl-setopt (CURLOPT_USERPWD, "admin: system");

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  • $curl - setopt (CURLOPT_PRIVATE, $curlId); $curl-setopt (CURLOPT_URL, $url); $curl -

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  • $max_line_length = 40; # set your curl location my $curl = "/ usr / bin / curl";

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  • Using the tilt of the Sixaxis, you stir the petal of a flower on the breeze, and as you touch other opening blooms on your way, your single pale curl is joined by gradually more colorful petals, eventually assembling the sort of floral cloud seen in artful visions of springtime cherry blossom breezes.

    Flower's Lawful, Logical Wind

  • If I didn't do the pin curl thing, I'd have to coat my head in hair spray, because my hair has serious Mad Scientist tendencies.

    Going Grey

  • Using the tilt of the Sixaxis, you stir the petal of a flower on the breeze, and as you touch other opening blooms on your way, your single pale curl is joined by gradually more colorful petals, eventually assembling the sort of floral cloud seen in artful visions of springtime cherry blossom breezes.

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  • If I didn't do the pin curl thing, I'd have to coat my head in hair spray, because my hair has serious Mad Scientist tendencies.

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  • Step one: Start by curling your lashes to ensure they blend seamlessly with the individual lashes, which have a built-in curl, and then apply one coat of mascara.

    Napoleon Perdis: Faking It: The Secret to Long, Lush Lashes

  • Step one: Start by curling your lashes to ensure they blend seamlessly with the individual lashes, which have a built-in curl, and then apply one coat of mascara.

    Napoleon Perdis: Faking It: The Secret to Long, Lush Lashes

  • Elizabethans, and Milton to Auden and Dylan Thomas, an elaborate tradition discernible in lavish metaphor and luxurious sound and rhythm, the second a domestic ageless tradition, an elementary language where, like a new Adam, the poet gives things their names, perceiving how the speech sounds take shape - as in a passage in the autobiographical Another Life: I watched the vowels curl from the tongue of the carpenter's plane,/resinous, fragrant ...

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1992 - Presentation Speech

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