An act of .
(medicine) An evacuation of the bowels or a vomiting.
A cleansing of pipes.
A forcible removal of people, for example, from political activity.
That which purges; especially, a medicine that evacuates the intestines; a cathartic.
- Stalin liked to ensure that his purges were not reversible.
to clean thoroughly; to cleanse; to rid of impurities
(religion) to free from sin, guilt, or the burden or responsibility of misdeeds
To remove by cleansing; to wash away.
* Bible, Psalms lxxix. 9
- Purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.
(medicine) to void (the bowels); to vomit.
(medicine) To operate on (somebody) as a cathartic, or in a similar manner.
(legal) to clear of a charge, suspicion, or imputation
To clarify; to clear the dregs from (liquor).
To become pure, as by clarification.
To have or produce frequent evacuations from the intestines, as by means of a cathartic.
- We'll join our cares to purge away / Our country's crimes.
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.