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."

Primary Meanings of curl

1.
vn
form a curl, curve, or kink
a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
2.
v
play the Scottish game of curling
Full Definitions of curl
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v form a curl, curve, or kink

“the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling”
Synonyms:
curve, kink
Type of:
change surface
undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

v 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
Type of:
bend, flex
form a curve

v wind around something in coils or loops

Synonyms:
coil, loop
Antonyms:
uncoil
unwind or untwist
Type of:
roll, twine, wind, wrap
arrange or or coil around

v twist or roll into coils or ringlets

curl my hair, please”
Synonyms:
wave
Types:
crape, crimp, frizz, frizzle, kink, kink up
curl tightly
Type of:
twist
turn in the opposite direction

n 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
Types:
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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
Type of:
round shape
a shape that is curved and without sharp angles

n a strand or cluster of hair

Synonyms:
lock, ringlet, whorl
Types:
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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
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v play the Scottish game of curling

Type of:
play
participate in games or sport

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