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7 definitions found
 for purl
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Purl \Purl\, n. [See 3d Purl.]
     1. A circle made by the notion of a fluid; an eddy; a ripple.
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              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.
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     2. A gentle murmur, as that produced by the running of a
        liquid among obstructions; as, the purl of a brook.
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     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.
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     4. (Zool.) A tern. [Prov. Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Purl \Purl\, v. t. [Contr. fr. purfile, purfle. See Purfle.]
     To decorate with fringe or embroidery. "Nature's cradle more
     enchased and purled." --B. Jonson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Purl \Purl\, n.
     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.
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              A triumphant chariot made of carnation velvet,
              enriched withpurl and pearl.          --Sir P.
                                                    Sidney.
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     2. An inversion of stitches in knitting, which gives to the
        work a ribbed or waved appearance.
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     Purl stitch. Same as Purl, n., 2.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Purl \Purl\, v. i. [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.
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              Swift o'er the rolling pebbles, down the hills,
              Louder and louder purl the falling rills. --Pope.
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     2. [Perh. fr. F. perler to pearl, to bead. See Pearl, v. &
        n.] To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to curl;
        to mantle.
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              thin winding breath which purled up to the sky.
                                                    --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  purl
      n 1: gold or silver wire thread
      2: a basic knitting stitch [syn: purl, purl stitch]
      v 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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  50 Moby Thesaurus words for "purl":
     adjoin, babble, befringe, bind, border, bound, bubble, burble,
     eddy, edge, enframe, frame, fringe, guggle, gurge, gurgle, gyrate,
     gyre, hem, lap, line, list, march, marge, margin, marginate,
     pirouette, plash, purfle, reel, rim, ripple, set off, side, skirt,
     slosh, spin, splash, swash, swirl, swish, trill, trim, twirl,
     verge, wash, whirl, whirligig, whirlpool, whorl
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  PURL
         Persistent Uniform Resource Locator (URL, WWW)
         

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