• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Purfle (Her) A border of any heraldic fur.
    • Purfle A hem, border., or trimming, as of embroidered work.
    • Purfle To decorate with a wrought or flowered border; to embroider; to ornament with metallic threads; as, to purfle with blue and white. "A goodly lady clad in scarlet red, Purfled with gold and pearl of rich assay."
    • Purfle (Her) To ornament with a bordure of emines, furs, and the like; also, with gold studs or mountings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • purfle To ornament or decorate with a wrought or flowered border; border. Specifically — To embroider on the edge or margin.
    • purfle To edge with fur.
    • purfle To line with fur: as, a mantling purfled and bordered vair.
    • purfle In heraldry, to decorate with gold mountings, such as the studs or bosses in armor, as in the phrase “a leg in armor proper, purfled or.”
    • purfle In architecture, to decorate richly, as with sculpture.
    • purfle In viol-making, to decorate (the edges of the body of an instrument) with a wavy inlay of valuable wood.
    • purfle To mark or draw in profile.
    • purfle To hem a border.
    • n purfle A decorated or wrought border; a border of embroidered work.
    • n purfle Specifically, in heraldry, a border of one of the furs: not common, for a border purfle ermine means no more than a border ermine. An attempt has been made to discriminate the number of rows of the bells of the fur by the terms purfled, counter-purfled, and vair, for one, two, and three rows. It is not usual.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Purfle pur′fl to decorate with a wrought or flowered border: :
    • ns Purfle a border of embroidery:
    • v.t Purfle pur′fl (archit.) to decorate with rich sculpture
    • v.t Purfle pur′fl (her.) to ornament with a border of ermines, furs, &c
    • ns Purfle (her.) a bordure of ermines, furs, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. pourfiler,; pour, for + fil, a thread, L. filum,. See Profile, and cf. Purl a border
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pourfiler—L. pro, before, filum, a thread.


In literature:

She watched it curdling, crinkling, and the snow Purfled upon its wave-tops.
"Men, Women and Ghosts" by Amy Lowell
I should think it summer still, but that I see the lanes yellow-purfled with flowers of autumn.
"The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft" by George Gissing
Hast aught plotting in the hem of thy purfle, or in thy holiday ruff and fardingale?
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Purfled, ii, 13, embroidered on the edge.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
All Fiddles purfled with whalebone are dubbed "Jacobs," and no other maker is credited with using such purfling.
"The Violin" by George Hart
Haven't I made bargains and ventures when thou hast been idling in hall and bower with love-ditties and ladies' purfles?
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
The lower end of the joint near the purfling will require a little additional cramping together.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
Then I take this specially-made purfling tool, No.
"Violin Making" by Walter H. Mayson
Double purfled violins seem never to have left his hands, as none appear to be extant and no mention is made of any.
"Antonio Stradivari" by Horace William Petherick
He made some good instruments, but did not purfle them.
"Violins and Violin Makers" by Joseph Pearce

In news:

The violin maker and his assistants sit hunched over high workbenches and peer through magnifiers at the abalone inlay, the ebony purfling, a rosewood tuning peg.