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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Purl \Purl\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Purled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Purling}.] [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 obstructions.

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; to mantle.

thin winding breath which purled up to the sky. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Purl \Purl\, verb (used with an object) [Contr. fr. purfile, purfle. See {Purfle}.] To decorate with fringe or embroidery. "Nature's cradle more enchased and purled." --B. Jonson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Purl \Purl\, noun

1. An embroidered and puckered border; a hem or fringe, often of gold or silver twist; also, a pleat or fold, as of a band.

A triumphant chariot made of carnation velvet, enriched withpurl and pearl. --Sir P. Sidney.

2. An inversion of stitches in knitting, which gives to the work a ribbed or waved appearance.

{Purl stitch}. Same as {Purl}, noun, 2.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Purl \Purl\, noun [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. --Drayton.

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 recover appetite." --Addison. "Drinking hot purl, and smoking pipes." --Dickens.

4. (Zool.) A tern. [Prov. Eng.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

purl

noun

1: gold or silver wire thread

2: a basic knitting stitch [syn: {purl}, {purl stitch}]

verb

1: flow in a circular current, of liquids [syn: {eddy}, {purl}, {whirlpool}, {swirl}, {whirl}]

2: make a murmuring sound; "the water was purling" [syn: {sough}, {purl}]

3: knit with a purl stitch

4: edge or border with gold or silver embroidery

5: embroider with gold or silver thread


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