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curlnoun

uk   /kɜːl/  us   /kɝːl/
[C or U] a ​piece of ​hair that ​grows or has been ​formed into a ​curvingshape, or something that is the same ​shape as this: tight/​loose curls Her ​hairfell in curls over her ​shoulders. Curls of ​smoke were ​rising from the ​chimney.
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UK (also curve) [C or U] the ​curvedshape in which a ​ballmoves when it is ​hit or ​kicked in a ​particular way: The curl on the ​shotsent it ​looping around the ​keeper into the ​farcorner of the ​net.

curlverb [I or T]

uk   /kɜːl/  us   /kɝːl/
to make something into the ​shape of a curl, or to ​grow or ​change into this ​shape: Does ​yourhair curl naturally, or is it permed? A new ​baby will ​automatically curl ​itsfingers round any ​object it ​touches.
to make a ​ballmove in a ​curvedshape by ​hitting or ​kicking it in a ​particular way: He curled the ​ball into the ​toprighthandcorner.
curl your lip
to show by an ​upwardmovement of one ​side of ​yourmouth that you ​feel no ​respect for something or someone: Her ​lip curled at what he said.
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(Definition of curl from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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curlnoun [C/U]

 us   /kɜrl/
a ​piece of ​hair having a ​curvingshape, like ​part of a ​circle, or something ​else having a ​circularshape: [C] He ​loved that ​dark curl at the back of her ​neck. [C] We ​watched the curls of ​smokerise from his ​pipe.

curlverb [I/T]

 us   /kɜrl/
to ​form or ​cause something to ​form a ​curving or ​twistedshape: [T] If I don’t curl my ​hair, it ​looks too ​stringy.
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(Definition of curl from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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