curl

Things that curl bend in a spiral or circular shape. When you curl your hair, you use heat to make it wavy and coiled.

You can curl a lock of hair around your finger, or curl your body up in a chair. You can also call the shape you're forming a curl. A completely different way to curl is to play the Olympic sport known as curling, which is a little like shuffleboard on ice. The sport comes from Scotland, and the word probably comes from the Middle Dutch krul, "curly."

Definitions of curl
  1. verb
    form a curl, curve, or kink
    synonyms: curve, kink
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    change surface
    undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
  2. verb
    shape one's body into a curl
    “She curled farther down under the covers”
    synonyms: curl up, draw in
    attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in
    direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
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    bend, flex
    form a curve
  3. verb
    wind around something in coils or loops
    synonyms: coil, loop
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    uncoil
    unwind or untwist
    type of:
    roll, twine, wind, wrap
    arrange or or coil around
  4. verb
    twist or roll into coils or ringlets
    curl my hair, please”
    synonyms: wave
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    crape, crimp, frizz, frizzle, kink, kink up
    curl tightly
    type of:
    twist
    turn in the opposite direction
  5. noun
    a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
    synonyms: coil, curlicue, gyre, ringlet, roll, scroll, whorl
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    corolla
    (botany) the whorl of petals of a flower that collectively form an inner floral envelope or layer of the perianth
    calyx
    (botany) the whorl of sepals of a flower collectively forming the outer floral envelope or layer of the perianth enclosing and supporting the developing bud; usually green
    verticil
    a whorl of leaves growing around a stem
    hull
    persistent enlarged calyx at base of e.g. a strawberry or raspberry
    pappus
    calyx composed of scales or bristles or featherlike hairs in plants of the Compositae such as thistles and dandelions
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    round shape
    a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
  6. noun
    a strand or cluster of hair
    synonyms: lock, ringlet, whorl
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    sausage curl
    a fat sausage-shaped curl
    forelock
    a lock of hair growing (or falling) over the forehead
    crimp
    a lock of hair that has been artificially waved or curled
    dreadlock
    one of many long thin braids of hair radiating from the scalp; popularized by Rastafarians
    quiff
    a prominent forelock (especially one brushed upward from the forehead)
    pin curl
    a curl of hair made by dampening a strand of hair and curling it and holding the curl with a clip or bobby pin
    kiss curl, spit curl
    a spiral curl plastered on the forehead or cheek
    type of:
    hair
    a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss
  7. verb
    play the Scottish game of curling
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    play
    participate in games or sport
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