Definition of Curl

1. Noun. A round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals).

Exact synonyms: Coil, Curlicue, Gyre, Ringlet, Roll, Scroll, Whorl
Specialized synonyms: Corolla, Calyx, Verticil
Generic synonyms: Round Shape
Derivative terms: Coil, Coil, Roll, Roll, Roll

2. Verb. Form a curl, curve, or kink. "The cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"
Exact synonyms: Curve, Kink
Generic synonyms: Change Surface
Entails: Bend, Deform, Flex, Turn, Twist
Derivative terms: Curve, Kink

3. Noun. American chemist who with Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto discovered fullerenes and opened a new branch of chemistry (born in 1933).
Exact synonyms: Robert Curl, Robert F. Curl, Robert Floyd Curl Jr.
Generic synonyms: Chemist

4. Verb. Shape one's body into a curl. "She fell and drew in"
Exact synonyms: Curl Up, Draw In
Related verbs: Attract, Draw, Draw In, Pull, Pull In
Generic synonyms: Bend, Flex

5. Noun. A strand or cluster of hair.
Exact synonyms: Lock, Ringlet, Whorl
Generic synonyms: Hair
Group relationships: Coif, Coiffure, Hair Style, Hairdo, Hairstyle
Specialized synonyms: Sausage Curl, Forelock, Crimp, Dreadlock
Derivative terms: Curly

6. Verb. Wind around something in coils or loops. "The wires curl around the stick"
Exact synonyms: Coil, Loop
Generic synonyms: Roll, Twine, Wind, Wrap
Derivative terms: Coil, Coil, Loop
Antonyms: Uncoil

7. Verb. Twist or roll into coils or ringlets. "They curl their hair "; "Curl my hair, please"
Exact synonyms: Wave
Generic synonyms: Twist
Specialized synonyms: Crape, Crimp, Frizz, Frizzle, Kink, Kink Up
Derivative terms: Curler, Wave

8. Verb. Play the Scottish game of curling.
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Generic synonyms: Play
Derivative terms: Curling

Definition of Curl

1. v. t. To twist or form into ringlets; to crisp, as the hair.

2. v. i. 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.

3. n. A ringlet, especially of hair; anything of a spiral or winding form.

Definition of Curl

1. Noun. A piece or lock of curling hair; a ringlet. ¹

2. Noun. A curved stroke or shape. ¹

3. Noun. A spin making the trajectory of an object curve. ¹

4. Noun. (curling) Movement of a moving rock away from a straight line. ¹

5. Noun. (weightlifting) Any exercise performed by bending the arm, wrist, or leg on the exertion against resistance, especially those that train the biceps. ¹

6. Noun. (calculus) The vector field denoting the rotationality of a given vector field. ¹

7. Noun. (calculus proper noun) The vector operator, denoted \rm{curl}\; or \vec{\nabla}\times\vec{\left(\cdot\right)}, that generates this field. ¹

8. Noun. (agriculture) Any of various diseases of plants causing the leaves or shoots to curl up; often specifically the potato curl. ¹

9. Noun. (music especially lutherie) The contrasting light and dark figure seen in wood used for stringed instrument making; the flame. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To cause to move in a curve. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To make into a curl or spiral. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive) To assume the shape of a curl or spiral. ¹

13. Verb. (intransitive) To move in curves. ¹

14. Verb. (intransitive curling) To take part in the sport of curling ¹

15. Verb. (transitive weightlifting) To exercise by bending the arm, wrist, or leg on the exertion against resistance, especially of the biceps. ¹

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Definition of Curl

1. to form into ringlets [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Curl

curiosity killed the cat
curiously enough
curium bromide
curl (current term)
curl somebody's hair
curl someone's hair
curl up
curled pondweed
curled up
curlew sandpiper

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