Meaning of “furl” in the English Dictionary

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"furl" in British English

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furlverb [ T ]

uk /fɜːl/ us /fɝːl/

Examples from literature

  • And besides, if you let the umbrella down you can furl it and use it for a walking-stick, and instead of being a hindrance it will be a help to you. 
  • As soon as the sails were furled, the yards were sent down. 
  • He saw her pause before the door of the opposite house, open it with a latchkey, and caught a full view of her profile in the single moment that she turned to furl her umbrella and enter. 
  • So we went up and furled all sail, a tedious business when the sails are wet and heavy. 
  • Were I on my schooner and had the same storm blown up so suddenly, we should not have had time to furl a sail. 

(Definition of “furl” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"furl" in American English

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furlverb [ T ]

us /ˈfɜrl/

(esp. of a flag, sail, or umbrella) to roll or fold up and fasten:

He took down the flag and furled it carefully.

(Definition of “furl” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)