purling

purl

1 [purl]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to knit with a reverse stitch.
2.
to finish with loops or a looped edging.
noun
3.
a basic stitch in knitting, the reverse of the knit, formed by pulling a loop of the working yarn back through an existing stitch and then slipping that stitch off the needle. Compare knit ( def 11 ).
4.
one of a series of small loops along the edge of lace braid.
5.
thread made of twisted gold or silver wire.
Also, pearl.


Origin:
1520–30; variant of obsolete or dial. pirl to twist (threads, etc.) into a cord

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purl

2 [purl]
verb (used without object)
1.
to flow with curling or rippling motion, as a shallow stream does over stones.
2.
to flow with a murmuring sound.
3.
to pass in a manner or with a sound likened to this.
noun
4.
the action or sound of purling.
5.
a circle or curl made by the motion of water; ripple; eddy.

Origin:
1545–55; origin uncertain; akin to Norwegian purla to bubble up, gush

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purl1 (pɜːl)
 
n
1.  Also called: purl stitch a knitting stitch made by doing a plain stitch backwards
2.  a decorative border, as of lace
3.  gold or silver wire thread
 
vb
4.  to knit (a row or garment) in purl stitch
5.  to edge (something) with a purl
 
[C16: from dialect pirl to twist into a cord]

purl2 (pɜːl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) (of a stream, etc) to flow with a gentle curling or rippling movement and a murmuring sound
 
n
2.  a curling movement of water; eddy
3.  a murmuring sound, as of a shallow stream
 
[C16: related to Norwegian purla to bubble]

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purl
"knit with inverted stitches," 1825; earlier "to embroider with gold or silver thread" (1526), from M.E. pirlyng "revolving, twisting," of unknown origin. The two senses usually are taken as one word, but this is not certain.
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