Etymology uncertain; apparently related to Scots and dialect pirl ("twist, ripple, whirl, spin"), and possibly to Older Scots pyrl ("thrust or poke at"). Compare Venetian pirlo , an embellishment where the woven threads are twisted together. May be unrelated to purfle, though the meanings are similar.
A particular stitch in knitting; an inversion of stitches giving the work a ribbed or waved appearance.
The edge of lace trimmed with loops.
An embroidered and puckered border; a hem or fringe, often of gold or silver twist; also, a pleat or fold, as of a band.
* Sir Philip Sidney
- A triumphant chariot made of carnation velvet, enriched with purl and pearl.
To decorate with fringe or embroidered edge
(knitting) an inverted stitch producing ribbing etc
- Needlework purled with gold.
- Knit one, purl two.
a heavy or headlong fall; an upset.
(archaic) To upset, to spin, capsize, fall heavily, fall headlong.
- The huntsman was purled from his horse.
To flow with a murmuring sound in swirls and eddies.
* Alexander Pope
To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to curl; to mantle.
- Swift o'er the rolling pebbles, down the hills, / Louder and louder purl the falling rills.
- thin winding breath which purled up to the sky
(UK, dialect) A circle made by the motion of a fluid; an eddy; a ripple.
(UK, dialect) A gentle murmuring sound, such as that produced by the running of a liquid among obstructions.
- 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.
- the purl of a brook
Possibly from the pearl-like appearance caused by bubbles on the surface of the liquid.
(archaic) Ale or beer spiced with wormwood or other bitter herbs, regarded as a tonic.
* The Spectator , number 88
(archaic) Hot beer mixed with gin, sugar, and spices.
- A double mug of purle .
* Charles Dickens
- Drank a glass of purl to recover appetite.
- Drinking hot purl , and smoking pipes.
To throw (something) with force.
, date=September 2
, title=Wales 2-1 Montenegro
, passage=The Tottenham wing was causing havoc down the right and when he broke past the bemused Sasa Balic once again, Bellamy was millimetres from connecting with his cross as the Liverpool striker hurled
himself at the ball.}}
* 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter IV
* 1912 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 5
- I was standing on the edge of the conning-tower, when a heavy palm suddenly struck me between the shoulders and hurled me forward into space. The drop to the triangular deck forward of the conning-tower might easily have broken a leg for me, or I might have slipped off onto the deck and rolled overboard; but fate was upon my side, as I was only slightly bruised.
To utter (harsh or derogatory speech), especially at its target.
- Tarzan on his part never lost an opportunity to show that he fully reciprocated his foster father's sentiments, and whenever he could safely annoy him or make faces at him or hurl insults upon him from the safety of his mother's arms, or the slender branches of the higher trees, he did so.
- The gangs hurled abuse at each other.
, title=New International Version of the Bible
, section=Mark 15:29-30
, passage=Those who passed by hurled
insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!"}}
To participate in the sport of hurling.
, date=August 3
, author=Donnchadh Boyle
, title=Egan targets Rebel success to rescue poor season
, work=Irish Independent
, passage=Their cause was helped after the senior footballers were unexpectedly dumped out of the running for the Sam Maguire, meaning Aidan Walsh is available to hurl
full-time with the young Rebels -- Walsh scored 1-1 in the semi-final victory over reigning All-Ireland champions Tipperary.}}
(slang) To vomit.
(obsolete) To twist or turn.
- Pass me the bucket; I've got to hurl .
- hurled or crooked feet
A throw, especially a violent throw; a fling.
- He managed a hurl of 50.3 metres.
- A hurl of abuse.
The act of vomiting.
(hurling) The act of hitting the sliotar with the hurley.
(Ulster) (car) ride
(obsolete) tumult; riot; hurly-burly
(obsolete) A table on which fibre is stirred and mixed by beating with a bow spring.