curl

Definitions

  • President Began to Curl up his Lip 045
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v curl form a curl, curve, or kink "the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"
    • v curl play the Scottish game of curling
    • v curl twist or roll into coils or ringlets "curl my hair, please"
    • v curl wind around something in coils or loops
    • v curl shape one's body into a curl "She curled farther down under the covers","She fell and drew in"
    • n curl a strand or cluster of hair
    • n Curl American chemist who with Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto discovered fullerenes and opened a new branch of chemistry (born in 1933)
    • n curl a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten curled on its side asleep, front paws tucked up under its chin A kitten curled on its side asleep, front paws tucked up under its chin
William kneeling behind his door, with a curl of smoke rising from it William kneeling behind his door, with a curl of smoke rising from it

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Approximately 87% of dog owners say that when they watch T.V. their dog curls up beside them or at their feet
    • Curl A disease in potatoes, in which the leaves, at their first appearance, seem curled and shrunken.
    • Curl A ringlet, especially of hair; anything of a spiral or winding form. "Under a coronet, his flowing hair
      In curls on either cheek played."
    • Curl An undulating or waving line or streak in any substance, as wood, glass, etc.; flexure; sinuosity. "If the glass of the prisms . . . be without those numberless waves or curls which usually arise from the sand holes."
    • Curl To contract or bend into curls or ringlets, as hair; to grow in curls or spirals, as a vine; to be crinkled or contorted; to have a curly appearance; as, leaves lie curled on the ground. "Thou seest it [hair] will not curl by nature."
    • Curl To deck with, or as with, curls; to ornament. "Thicker than the snaky locks
      That curled Megæra."
      "Curling with metaphors a plain intention."
    • Curl To move in curves, spirals, or undulations; to contract in curving outlines; to bend in a curved form; to make a curl or curls. "Cirling billows.""Then round her slender waist he curled .""Curling smokes from village tops are seen.""Gayly curl the waves before each dashing prow.""He smiled a king of sickly smile, and curled up on the floor."
    • Curl To play at the game called curling.
    • Curl To raise in waves or undulations; to ripple. "Seas would be pools without the brushing air
      To curl the waves."
    • Curl (Hat Making) To shape (the brim) into a curve.
    • Curl To twist or form into ringlets; to crisp, as the hair. "But curl their locks with bodkins and with braid."
    • Curl To twist or make onto coils, as a serpent's body. "Of his tortuous train, Curled many a wanton wreath in sight of Eve."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A common name for pincurls is also spitcurls because woman sometimes wet their hair with their saliva before curling it
    • n curl A ringlet of hair.
    • n curl Hence Something having a similar spiral form; any undulation, sinuosity, or flexure.
    • n curl Specifically, a winding or circling in the grain of wood.
    • n curl A disease of peach-trees which causes great distortion of the leaves. It is caused by an ascomycetous fungus, Taphrina deformans. See Taphrina.
    • n curl In mathematics, the vector part of the quaternion resulting from the performance of the operation i.d/dx + j.d/dy + k.d/dz on any vector function iX + jY + kZ.
    • curl To turn, bend, or form into ringlets, as the hair.
    • curl To dress or adorn with or as with curls; make up the hair of into curls.
    • curl To bring or form into the spiral shape of a ringlet or curl; in general, to make curves, turns, or undulations in or on.
    • curl To take the form of curls or ringlets, as hair.
    • curl Hence To assume any similar spiral shape; in general, to become curved, bent, or undulated: often with up.
    • curl To turn and twist about; writhe; squirm.
    • curl To play at curling. See curling.
    • n curl A disease of potatoes in which the shoots become curled up and deformed. It is attributed to chlorosis.
    • n curl A disease of other plants in which the leaves curl up.—Leaf-curl. See leaf-curl.
    • curl In cricket, to cause (the ball) to curve in the air: said of the bowler.
    • curl In cricket, to curve in the air: said of the ball.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Shirley Temple always has 56 curls in her hair. (talk about uptight).
    • v.t Curl kurl to twist into ringlets: to coil
    • v.i Curl to shrink into ringlets: to rise in undulations: to writhe: to ripple: to play at the game of curling
    • n Curl a ringlet of hair, or what is like it: a wave, bending, or twist
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Quotations

  • Phyllis Mcginley
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    “The knowingness of little girls hidden underneath their curls.”
  • Albert Einstein
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    “An attempt at visualizing the Fourth Dimension: Take a point, stretch it into a line, curl it into a circle, twist it into a sphere, and punch through the sphere.”

Idioms

Make your toes curl - If something makes your toes curl, it makes you feel very uncomfortable, shocked or embarrassed.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to D. krullen, Dan. krölle, dial. Sw. krulla, to curl, crisp; possibly akin to E. crook,. Cf. Curl (n.) Cruller

Usage

In literature:

His lips were dry and burnt, and the little boyish moustache curled upward from the row of white teeth as if scorched by the fiery breath.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Short curls bobbing over one's shoulders and dignity can never go together.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
She shook her scraggly gray wig-curls all over her face!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
He was bareheaded, and the leaves had tossed his rebellious curls and tangled all their gilded threads.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
How would Marion's lips have curled over the idea of such a small matter as that being a cross!
"The Chautauqua Girls At Home" by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
The man's finger curled stiffly around nothing.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
Spot trotted softly to the front of the stove and there she curled up.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
She still wore white, and her tangled curls floated shining around her head.
"Shapes that Haunt the Dusk" by Various
He held up his head and curled his trunk tight in a spiral in front of his chest.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
The paper did not flame, but smouldered slowly, sending up a curl of smoke.
"Nine Little Goslings" by Susan Coolidge
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In poetry:

With eddy and whirl
The sea-tides curl,
Washing the sandals
Of Sigvald the Earl.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVIII. -- King Olaf And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Wear all my hair in curl?
Stand at my door and wink - so -
At every passing girl?
My brothers, I should think so!
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Where go the poet's lines?--
Answer, ye evening tapers!
Ye auburn locks, ye golden curls,
Speak from your folded papers!
"The Poet’s Lot" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Hidden flowers are fragrant;
The night hazes furl
O'er the solitudes vagrant
In purple and pearl,
Sway-swinging and curl.
"Fairies" by Madison Julius Cawein
She sits down on the flowery turf
Her head drooped on her hand;
Her soft luxuriant golden curls
Are by the breezes fanned.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
The up-curled mouth of pleasure,
Can prate of sorrow's worth,
But give it a sip, and a wryer lip,
Was never made on earth.
"Preaching Vs. Practice" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Iman Mosharafa points at the loose curls spilling over her red sweater.
And President Jimmy Carter, curling.
Big Boy looks happy from his perch 14 feet above this city's west side: the cute, checkered overalls, the distinctive curl in his hair, the mammoth double-cheeseburger hoisted above his saccharin smile.
Rumpled curls are all over the red carpet this season.
Enlarge David H Curl Special to the Gazette Jim Gardner cuts trim in his basement workshop.
Illustration by Bob AulI really must say that there are more beautiful things in this world than the color of your hair, or even the curls in it.
I've never been too skilled with a curling iron, and I'm always jealous of people blessed with curls and waves.
Curl Up & Dye Salon, curlupanddyedetroit.com.
He now has a very short "puppy" style cut, he has small folded ears, big brown eyes, and a curled tail.
The level of curling is directly related to the moisture gradient and the shrinkage potential of the concrete.
Many factors influence shrinking and curling of concrete floors.
Photo by Carey James, Homer News Cecillia Meyer curls some pasted advertisements on her creation Sunday at the Kachemak Bay West Campus.
Dog Curls Up With a Baby Chick.
Watch Stork Stance Curl in the Fitness Video.
Watch Stork Stand with Curl in the Fitness Video.
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In science:

It has been shown that only curls with n  1 are thermodynamically stable.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
The local existence time t depends only on the L2 -norms of curl u0 .
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
Note also the outstanding shock ridge and the cavity to the west of N83B-1, sculpted in the ionized gas of N83B by the stellar wind of the central bright star (#10), with its shell structure and curl.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
This scenario is called irrotational fluid flow, which translates to saying the fluid velocity ~v has zero curl: ~∇ × ~v = 0.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
We wish to thank Professor Rane Curl, University of Michigan, for valuable discussions.
Optical microrheology using rotating laser-trapped particles
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