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Meaning & Definition of Curl in English

English

Curl

/kərl/

noun

1. A round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)

    synonym:
  • coil
  • ,
  • whorl
  • ,
  • roll
  • ,
  • curl
  • ,
  • curlicue
  • ,
  • ringlet
  • ,
  • gyre
  • ,
  • scroll

2. American chemist who with richard smalley and harold kroto discovered fullerenes and opened a new branch of chemistry (born in 1933)

    synonym:
  • Curl
  • ,
  • Robert Curl
  • ,
  • Robert F. Curl
  • ,
  • Robert Floyd Curl Jr.

3. A strand or cluster of hair

    synonym:
  • lock
  • ,
  • curl
  • ,
  • ringlet
  • ,
  • whorl

verb

1. Form a curl, curve, or kink

  • "The cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"
    synonym:
  • curl
  • ,
  • curve
  • ,
  • kink

2. Shape one's body into a curl

  • "She curled farther down under the covers"
  • "She fell and drew in"
    synonym:
  • curl up
  • ,
  • curl
  • ,
  • draw in

3. Wind around something in coils or loops

    synonym:
  • coil
  • ,
  • loop
  • ,
  • curl

4. Twist or roll into coils or ringlets

  • "Curl my hair, please"
    synonym:
  • curl
  • ,
  • wave

5. Play the scottish game of curling

    synonym:
  • curl