• WordNet 3.6
    • v purl make a murmuring sound "the water was purling"
    • v purl embroider with gold or silver thread
    • v purl edge or border with gold or silver embroidery
    • v purl knit with a purl stitch
    • v purl flow in a circular current, of liquids
    • n purl a basic knitting stitch
    • n purl gold or silver wire thread
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Purl A circle made by the notion of a fluid; an eddy; a ripple. "Whose stream an easy breath doth seem to blow,
      Which on the sparkling gravel runs in purles ,
      As though the waves had been of silver curls."
    • Purl A gentle murmur, as that produced by the running of a liquid among obstructions; as, the purl of a brook.
    • Purl (Zoöl) A tern.
    • Purl An embroidered and puckered border; a hem or fringe, often of gold or silver twist; also, a pleat or fold, as of a band. "A triumphant chariot made of carnation velvet, enriched with purl and pearl."
    • Purl An inversion of stitches in knitting, which gives to the work a ribbed or waved appearance.
    • Purl Malt liquor, medicated or spiced; formerly, ale or beer in which wormwood or other bitter herbs had been infused, and which was regarded as tonic; at present, hot beer mixed with gin, sugar, and spices. "Drank a glass of purl to recover appetite.""Drinking hot purl , and smoking pipes."
    • v. t Purl To decorate with fringe or embroidery. "Nature's cradle more enchased and purled ."
    • Purl To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to curl; to mantle. "thin winding breath which purled up to the sky."
    • Purl To run swiftly round, as a small stream flowing among stones or other obstructions; to eddy; also, to make a murmuring sound, as water does in running over or through obstructions. "Swift o'er the rolling pebbles, down the hills,
      Louder and louder purl the falling rills."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • purl To flow with a rippling or murmuring sound, as a shallow stream over or among stones or other obstructions; ripple along in eddying and bubbling swirls.
    • n purl A continued murmuring sound, as of a shallow stream of water running over small stones: as, the purl of a brook.
    • n purl A murmuring brook or rippling stream of water.
    • purl To curl or swirl; move in rippling or eddying swirls.
    • purl To upset; overturn; capsize. [Slang.] See the quotation under II., 2.
    • purl To whirl about; cause to rotate: as, the wind purls a snow-drift.
    • purl To upset; overturn; also, specifically, as a hunting term, to unseat or unhorse.
    • purl To wind, as thread, upon a reel or spindle.
    • n purl A circle or curl made by the motion of water; a ripple; an eddy.
    • purl To ornament with a decorative border of any sort; decorate with fringe or embroidery; purfle.
    • purl To invert, as a stitch in knitting; turn over and knit the other way; seam.
    • n purl A border of embroidery or perhaps of lace, or gold lace or galloon. Throughout the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries the term is in use, and evidently with different significations, but always as an ornamental adjunct, an edging or the like to a garment. Also pearl.
    • n purl A spiral of gold or silver wire, used in lace-work.
    • n purl An inversion of the stitches in knitting, which gives to parts of the work an appearance different from the general surface, such as the ribbed appearance of those parts where great elasticity is required.
    • n purl A plait or fold, as in an article of dress.
    • n purl In lace-making, a kind of lace in common use in the sixteenth century, and often of great value. The term is used in the general sense as indicating the fabric spoken of, and also as denoting a certain quantity of it: as, so many shillings the purl.
    • n purl A drink, of which beer is the principal ingredient, defined about 1815 as hot beer mixed with gin: same as dog's-nose; in later times, a stimulating mixture of beer, gin, sugar, and ginger. It was, before coffee and tea were used, commonly made to be drunk in the morning, and hence the liquor is called early purl.
    • purl A Middle English form of prowl.
    • n purl The common tern, or sea-swallow.
    • n purl In embroidered bookbinding, a fine copper coil closely covered with colored silks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Purl purl to flow with a murmuring sound, as a stream over small stones: to ripple: to flow in eddies: to curl or swirl
    • v.t Purl to whirl about: to unseat
    • n Purl a soft murmuring sound, as of a stream among stones: an eddy or ripple
    • v.t Purl purl to fringe with a waved edging, as lace: to invert stitches
    • n Purl an embroidered border: a hem or fringe of twisted gold or silver thread: a ribbed or wavy appearance caused by inverted stitches: a kind of 16th-cent. lace
    • n Purl purl ale warmed and spiced.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. fr. F. perler, to pearl, to bead. See Pearl (v. & n.)


In literature:

The stitches should be about the width of the needle apart to allow for the purl.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
Ramparts of rock protected them from the nor'-west gales, and purling rivulets hummed their lullaby.
"The Crew of the Water Wagtail" by R.M. Ballantyne
At the bottom of this meadow ran a little purling stream, with a slant willow growing over it.
"Aunt Rachel" by David Christie Murray
Standing by the beck which purled past the door of my cabin, I cooled my heated brow, and thought the matter over.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Do you purl four and knit six, or purl six and knit four, Wallie?
"The Dude Wrangler" by Caroline Lockhart
There was a "scorching" girl, who came down an awful purl, And scarified her nose, and scarred her forehead.
"Mr. Punch Awheel"
Must purling streams refresh a lover's loves?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The road sloped steeply down to the edge of a small river which swept purling between reed-fringed banks.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
Guy walked on, and after a while could hear once more the purling of the stream.
"Plashers Mead" by Compton Mackenzie
Nine shall combine Straichy and purl wilt and borrowed moans.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein

In poetry:

Where far you wander down the vale,
When balmy scents perfume the gale,
And purling rills and linnets hail
The King of kings,
To muse with you I never fail,
On heavenly things.
"Epistle To The Rev. J--- B---, Whilst Journeying For The Recovery Of His Health" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Your songs sound, some as were a war-horn braying,
Some softly purl like streams on reedy strand.
Half nature-sprite and half as man you stand,
The two not yet one law of life obeying.
"Holger Drachmann" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Aa! sich a gale
Will bring doon mony owd trees in t' dale.
Two purl an' two plain.
I wish all folk had a hame an' hearth,
A cosy byre, a barn an' a garth. . . .
Two purl an' two plain.
"Mrs. Buffey Knitting" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
He looked to the hill which his steps had passed,
He looked to the slope where a brooklet purled,
He looked to the distance blue and vast
And "Ah," cried he, "what a fine, wide world!"
"Possession" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
It's a sad thowt
All t' cruel sorrow this war has brought.
Two purl an' two plain.
Women in ivery hame in our land
Knittin' like all that to beat the band! . . .
Two purl an' two plain.
"Mrs. Buffey Knitting" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
Of all the playmates which I knew
That here I do the image view
In other selves, what can it mean?
But that below the purling stream Some unknown joys there be Laid up in store for me;
To which I shall, when that thin skin
Is broken, be admitted in.
"Shadows in the Water" by Thomas Traherne

In news:

Don't buy into the granola-crunching, knit-and-purling, homely hipster rep of indie e-bazaar Etsy.
14 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches (10cm) over St st ( knit RS rows, purl WS rows).
Leveraging PURLs and Data Across Print, Email, Web and Mobile to Drive Engagement and ROI.
Knit three, purl three, pray is the traditional pattern for making Prayer Shawl s.
Former soap opera actress and author Mara Purl talks about her new novel "Where the Heart Lives.".
Sure, marketers know on a strategy level that tactics such as QR Codes, pURLs , apps and short codes are a good idea.
This annual award is given to Easypurl.com customers who run successful direct mail campaigns using personalized URLs ( PURLs ) and dynamic landing pages to capture responses.
Perhaps last seen sleeping with Michael Scott on "The Office," actress Linda Purl takes a different kind of Mike — the microphone — when she appears in concert at 7:30 pm Saturday.
Purling Hiss with Dr Dog.
Knit three, purl three, pray is the traditional pattern for making Prayer Shawls .
Rare Purls Yarn Boutique features tight knit community.
Every Friday night from 5-8 pm a group of social knitters and crocheters gather at Rare Purls Yarn Boutique and Knitterie, located in the Knox House in Duluth's Historic District.
She came running up the stairs of the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York where I was doing The Baby Dance with Linda Purl.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in this interactive workshop where they will learn introductory knitting techniques of casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and binding off.
Part 1 covers "The Stitches" and discusses colorwork, cables, lace, bling, and a whole lot of other techniques, like Kitchener stitch for four different knit -purl combinationa.