What does Curl mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coil, whorl, roll, curl, curlicue, ringlet, gyre, scroll(noun)

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

  2. Curl, Robert Curl, Robert F. Curl, Robert Floyd Curl Jr.(noun)

    American chemist who with Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto discovered fullerenes and opened a new branch of chemistry (born in 1933)

  3. lock, curl, ringlet, whorl(verb)

    a strand or cluster of hair

  4. curl, curve, kink(verb)

    form a curl, curve, or kink

    "the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"

  5. curl up, curl, draw in(verb)

    shape one's body into a curl

    "She curled farther down under the covers"; "She fell and drew in"

  6. coil, loop, curl(verb)

    wind around something in coils or loops

  7. curl, wave(verb)

    twist or roll into coils or ringlets

    "curl my hair, please"

  8. curl(verb)

    play the Scottish game of curling


  1. curl(Noun)

    A piece or lock of curling hair; a ringlet.

  2. curl(Noun)

    A curved stroke or shape.

  3. curl(Noun)

    A spin making the trajectory of an object curve.

  4. curl(Noun)

    Movement of a moving rock away from a straight line.

  5. curl(Noun)

    Any exercise performed by bending the arm, wrist, or leg on the exertion against resistance, especially those that train the biceps.

  6. curl(Noun)

    The vector field denoting the rotationality of a given vector field.

    The curl of the vector field uE000125522uE001 is the vector field uE000125523uE001.

  7. curl(Noun)

    The vector operator, denoted or , that generates this field.

  8. curl(Noun)

    Any of various diseases of plants causing the leaves or shoots to curl up; often specifically the potato curl.

  9. curl(Noun)

    The contrasting light and dark figure seen in wood used for stringed instrument making; the flame.

    The one-piece back is of a medium curl.

  10. curl(Verb)

    To cause to move in a curve.

  11. curl(Verb)

    To make into a curl or spiral.

  12. curl(Verb)

    To assume the shape of a curl or spiral.

  13. curl(Verb)

    To move in curves.

  14. curl(Verb)

    To take part in the sport of curling

    I curl at my local club every weekend.

  15. curl(Verb)

    To exercise by bending the arm, wrist, or leg on the exertion against resistance, especially of the biceps.

  16. Origin: From metathesis of .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curl(noun)

    to twist or form into ringlets; to crisp, as the hair

  2. Curl(noun)

    to twist or make onto coils, as a serpent's body

  3. Curl(noun)

    to deck with, or as with, curls; to ornament

  4. Curl(noun)

    to raise in waves or undulations; to ripple

  5. Curl(noun)

    to shape (the brim) into a curve

  6. Curl(verb)

    to contract or bend into curls or ringlets, as hair; to grow in curls or spirals, as a vine; to be crinkled or contorted; to have a curly appearance; as, leaves lie curled on the ground

  7. Curl(verb)

    to move in curves, spirals, or undulations; to contract in curving outlines; to bend in a curved form; to make a curl or curls

  8. Curl(verb)

    to play at the game called curling

  9. Curl

    a ringlet, especially of hair; anything of a spiral or winding form

  10. Curl

    an undulating or waving line or streak in any substance, as wood, glass, etc.; flexure; sinuosity

  11. Curl

    a disease in potatoes, in which the leaves, at their first appearance, seem curled and shrunken

  12. Origin: [Akin to D. krullen, Dan. krlle, dial. Sw. krulla to curl, crisp; possibly akin to E. crook. Cf. Curl, n., Cruller.]


  1. Curl

    In vector calculus, the curl is a vector operator that describes the infinitesimal rotation of a 3-dimensional vector field. At every point in the field, the curl of that field is represented by a vector. The attributes of this vector characterize the rotation at that point. The direction of the curl is the axis of rotation, as determined by the right-hand rule, and the magnitude of the curl is the magnitude of rotation. If the vector field represents the flow velocity of a moving fluid, then the curl is the circulation density of the fluid. A vector field whose curl is zero is called irrotational. The curl is a form of differentiation for vector fields. The corresponding form of the fundamental theorem of calculus is Stokes' theorem, which relates the surface integral of the curl of a vector field to the line integral of the vector field around the boundary curve. The alternative terminology rotor or rotational and alternative notations rot F and ∇ × F are often used for curl and curl F. Unlike the gradient and divergence, curl does not generalize as simply to other dimensions; some generalizations are possible, but only in three dimensions is the geometrically defined curl of a vector field again a vector field. This is a similar phenomenon as in the 3 dimensional cross product, and the connection is reflected in the notation ∇ × for the curl.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Curl' in Verbs Frequency: #1022


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Curl in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Curl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Christopher Robin Miller:

    That's a hint of a whisper of a curl.

  2. Marilyn Monroe:

    A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night.

  3. Jeff Melvoin:

    Rain usually makes me feel mellow. Curl up in the corner time, slow down, smell the furniture. Today it just makes me feel wet.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    As I noted, Heidi and I, we have two little girls. I'm very glad we don't have 17, and it's a great example when the war on women came up, Republicans would curl up in a ball, they'd say, 'Don't hurt me.' Jiminy Cricket!

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