Definitions for: Purl

[n] a basic knitting stitch
[n] gold or silver wire thread
[v] make a murmuring sound; "the water was purling"
[v] embroider with gold or silver thread
[v] edge or border with gold or silver embroidery
[v] knit with a purl stitch
[v] flow in a circular current, of liquids

Webster (1913) Definition: Purl, v. t. [Contr. fr. purfile, purfle. See Purfle.]
To decorate with fringe or embroidery. ``Nature's cradle more
enchased and purled.'' --B. Jonson.

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

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

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

Purl stitch. Same as Purl, n., 2.

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

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.

Purl, n. [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. (Zo["o]l.) A tern. [Prov. Eng.]

Synonyms: eddy, purl stitch, swirl, whirl, whirlpool

See Also: broider, course, embroider, flow, knit, knitting stitch, make noise, noise, resound, run, thread, yarn

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