• WordNet 3.6
    • v furl form into a cylinder by rolling "Roll up the cloth"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Furl fûrl To draw up or gather into close compass; to wrap or roll, as a sail, close to the yard, stay, or mast, or, as a flag, close to or around its staff, securing it there by a gasket or line.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • furl To wrap or roll, as a sail, close to the yard, stay, or mast, and fasten by a gasket or cord; draw up or draw into close compass, as a flag.
    • furl To ruffle.
    • n furl A roll of what is furled.
    • n furl The manner of furling (a sail), or the appearance presented when furled: as, a vessel is judged by the furl of the sails.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Furl furl to draw or roll up, as a sail.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Contr. fr. furdle, fr. fardel, bundle: cf. F. ferler, to furl, OF. fardeler, to pack. See Furdle Fardel, and cf. Farl
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Contr. of obs. furdle, from fardel.


In literature:

Aloft, and furl the topsail!
"The Coming Wave" by Oliver Optic
Night came on with the breeze freshening, and the top-gallant-sail was furled.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
The soldiers marched with guns reversed and colors furled.
"The Lost Despatch" by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
When at a safe distance they luffed into the wind and, furling their canvas, came to anchor.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood
Scarcely were the sails furled than the storm which had been brewing burst above our heads.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
Sails were now furled and royal yards sent down.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
She had just brought up, and the hands were aloft furling sails, when his boat got alongside.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
She was a large bark, with all her sails furled.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
He leaped upon the house and helped Dolph and Otie furl the mainsail that lay sprawled in the lazy-jaeks.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
But this was too much after-sail, and order was given to furl the spanker.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various

In poetry:

The rain was gone, the winds were furled,
No cloud was in the sky,
So that there seemed in all the world
Only the stream and I.
"A Border Burn" by Alfred Austin
Where Art may blossom strong and free,
And Pleasure furl her silken wing,
And every laden moment be
A precious and peculiar thing?
"A Home" by Susan Coolidge
Now Ben had sail'd to many a place
That's underneath the world;
But in two years the ship came home,
And all her sails were furl'd.
"Faithless Sally Brown" by Thomas Hood
The birds in the trees were singing
A song as old as the world,
Of love and green leaves and sunshine,
And winter folded and furled.
"The Old Garden" by George MacDonald
The loveless world
Lies love-impearled
From innocency weeping;
Wan wings be furled,
And you lie curled
In Love's warm haven sleeping.
"The Temple of Sorrow" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
The sunset-gonfalons are furled
On plains of evening, broad and pale,
And woven athwart the waning world
The air is like a silver veil.
"Crepuscule" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

Furl the Freak Flag, Already.
Roller-furling jibs should have an extra layer of cloth on the leech for protection when furled.
25' MacGregor 1977 – Swing keel, roller furling jib, 7.5 hp motor, trailer, sleeps 4.
Being able to fly twin genoas when you're sailing off the wind far outweighs the aggravation, when sailing closehauled, of having to furl to tack.
The city worker placed an American flag in the rotunda of City Hall yesterday morning, making sure the gold-colored eagle atop the pole faced forward and that the furl was just right.
The Hall Spars Oceanfurl boom is a premium carbon fiber in-boom furling system.
"Batten down the hatches, furl those sails all hands on deck.".
There is no backstay, but a mast jack controlled by the boat's multi-purpose running-rigging system adjusts rig tension, and the furling jib can be adjusted for luff tension.
After decades of the bowler-hat and furled-umbrella literit that made his academic reputation, Cleanth Brooks has reverted with a rebel whoop to the Confederacy.

In science:

Ma jumdar, Alain Comtet, and Julien Randon-Furling.
The height and range of watermelons without wall
Schehr, G., Ma jumdar, S. N., Comtet, A., Randon-Furling, J.: Exact distribution of the maximal height of p vicious walkers.
Characteristic Polynomials of Random Matrices and Noncolliding Diffusion Processes
Web-based authoring tools enable users to rapidly publish content, from stories and opinion pieces on weblogs, to photographs and videos on Flickr and YouTube, to advice on Yahoo Answers, to Web discoveries on Del.icio.us and Furl.
Analysis of Social Voting Patterns on Digg