He would go aloft in a gale or in a calm, and lend a hand at reefing or furling as promptly as any man in the ship.
But when the ship's in port who cares to wait for the furling of the sails?
While they talked they were furling the Eleanor's sails, and soon they were ready to go ashore.
With the furling of the white flag they were enemies once more.
furling sail, for the wind had been fair to-day, we turned and were towed back to Fort St. Julian, where we moored for the night.
The order for men to come in from the yards after reefing or furling.
The long ribbon fluttered in the air, furling and unfurling it gracefully descended.
The order to come in from the yards when reefing, furling, or other duty is performed.
The order to lift the studding-sail boom-ends while the top-men move out on the yards, preparatory to reefing or furling.
At length she stood into the bay, and, furling her sails, came to an anchor.
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.