from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of purl.
  • n. the motion of a small stream among obstructions; flowing with a murmuring sound

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The motion of a small stream running among obstructions; also, the murmur it makes in so doing.


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  • This Urban Gardner column incorrectly spelled the term purling as pearling.

    Men With Yarns to Tell

  • This is called purling and is done, in the following way: lay the thread over the left needle, and put the right one, downwards from above, behind the thread, into the loop on the left needle, lay the thread upwards from below, over the right needle, draw it through the loop, and drop the loop off the left needle.

    Encyclopedia of Needlework

  • Slim and I hiked out to a neck of woods just beyond town, and there was the push, a score of husky hobos, charmingly located on the bank of a little purling stream.

    Local Color

  • She stitched away randomly, knitting a little, purling when she had the urge, ending a row when she felt like it, then starting another.

    A Stitch Before Dying

  • Nissan There are many sweet, purling pieces of automotive future-science on the road.

    A Nissan Supercar

  • There are many sweet, purling pieces of automotive future-science on the road.

    Nissan GT-R: A 'Halo Car' With Devil's Horns

  • On some of the ballads, several of them flecked with banjo and mandolin, her purling vocals resemble those of Patty Loveless.

    Album review: Sara Evans's 'Stronger'

  • The present problem of problems is nothing more than democracy beating itself helplessly against the color bar,—purling, seeping, seething, foaming to burst through, ever and again overwhelming the emerging masses of white men in its rolling backwaters and held back by those who dream of future kingdoms of greed built on black and brown and yellow slavery.


  • Liszt's concert paraphrase of themes from Verdi's "Rigoletto" was by turns nutty and trashy, the piles of small notes in purling runs given a translucent lightness.

    In performance: Sara Daneshpour

  • She imagines himlying nude in the moonlight on his porch hammock while the Shohola rushes by, purling nocturnal music.

    Angels Carry the Sun excerpt: Chapter One, In the Woods


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  • from Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

    July 19, 2009

  • A wheezed staccato and hypnotic linen

    unendingly whirled with a purling tub

    in the coin-operated laundrette...

    - Peter Reading, Dirty Linen, from Water and Waste, 1974

    June 23, 2008

  • It flows purling, widely flowing, floating foampool, flower unfurling.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 3

    December 30, 2006