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furl

[furl] /fɜrl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to gather into a compact roll and bind securely, as a sail against a spar or a flag against its staff.
verb (used without object)
2.
to become furled.
noun
3.
the act of furling.
4.
something furled, as a roll.
Idioms
5.
furl in a body, Nautical. to furl (a square sail) with loose canvas gathered at the mast, so as to make a harbor furl.
6.
furl in the bunt, Nautical. to furl (a square sail) by gathering canvas upward, so as to load the yard equally at all points.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; compare Middle French ferler in same sense, perhaps representing Old French ferlier to chain, fasten, equivalent to fer firm (< Latin firmus) + lier to bind (< Latin ligāre)
Related forms
furlable, adjective
furler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for furler

furl

/fɜːl/
verb
1.
to roll up (an umbrella, a flag, etc) neatly and securely or (of an umbrella, flag, etc) to be rolled up in this way
2.
(transitive) (nautical) to gather in (a square sail)
noun
3.
the act or an instance of furling
4.
a single rolled-up section
Derived Forms
furlable, adjective
furler, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French ferlier to bind tightly, from ferm tight (from Latin firmusfirm1) + lier to tie, bind, from Latin ligāre
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Word Origin and History for furler

furl

v.

1550s, of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle French ferler "to furl," from Old French ferliier "chain, tie up, lock away," perhaps from fer "firm" (from Latin firmus; see firm (adj.)) + -lier "to bind" (from Latin ligare). Related: Furled; furling.

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