Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
v. curled, curl·ing, curls
1. To twist (the hair, for example) into ringlets or coils.
2. To form into a coiled or spiral shape: curled the ends of the ribbon.
3. To decorate with coiled or spiral shapes.
4. To raise and turn under (the upper lip), as in snarling or showing scorn.
5. Sports To lift (a weight) by performing a curl.
1. To form ringlets or coils.
2. To assume a spiral or curved shape.
3. To move in a curve or spiral: The wave curled over the surfer.
4. Sports To engage in curling.
1. Something with a spiral or coiled shape.
2. A coil or ringlet of hair.
3. A treatment in which the hair is curled.
a. The act of curling: the curl of a meandering river.
b. The state of being curled.
5. Sports A weightlifting exercise using one or two hands, in which a weight held at the thigh or to the side of the body is raised to the chest or shoulder and then lowered without moving the upper arms, shoulders, or back.
6. Any of various plant diseases in which the leaves roll up.
To assume a position with the legs drawn up: The child curled up in an armchair to read.
[Middle English crullen, curlen, from crulle, curly, perhaps of Middle Low German origin.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
in a curved or spiral shape or position
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014