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Meaning of purl

purl

Pronunciation: (pûrl), [key]
— v.t., v.i.
  1. to knit with a reverse stitch.
  2. to finish with loops or a looped edging.
—n.
  1. a basic stitch in knitting, the reverse of the knit, formed by pulling a loop of the working yarn back through an existing stitch and then slipping that stitch off the needle. Cf.(def. 11).
  2. one of a series of small loops along the edge of lace braid.
  3. thread made of twisted gold or silver wire.

purl

Pronunciation: (pûrl), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to flow with curling or rippling motion, as a shallow stream does over stones.
  2. to flow with a murmuring sound.
  3. to pass in a manner or with a sound likened to this.
—n.
  1. the action or sound of purling.
  2. a circle or curl made by the motion of water; ripple; eddy.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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