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curl

noun

1 curl

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

synonyms: coil, curlicue, gyre, ringlet, roll, scroll, whorl.

Roget 248: winding etc. v.; convolution, involution, circumvolution; wave, undulation, tortuosity, anfractuosity; sinuosity, sinuation; meandering, ... show more

Roget 245: curvature, curvity, curvation; incurvature, incurvity; incurvation; bend; flexure, flexion, flection; conflexure; crook, hook, ... show more

Dutch: rol, wervelwind
Polish: rola, zwój



2 Curl

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

synonyms: Robert Curl, Robert F. Curl, Robert Floyd Curl Jr..

3 curl

A strand or cluster of hair.

synonyms: lock, ringlet, whorl.

Roget 256: roughness etc. adj.; tooth, grain, texture, ripple; asperity, rugosity, salebrosity, corrugation, nodosity; arborescence ... show more

Dutch: rotatie, haarlok, lok, tres
Polish: kosmyk, pasemko

verb

1 curl

Form a curl, curve, or kink:
— The cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling.

synonyms: curve, kink.

Roget 258: fold, double, plicate, plait, crease, wrinkle, crinkle, crankle, curl, cockle up, cocker, rimple, rumple, flute, ... show more

Roget 245: be curved, etc. adj.; curve, sweep, sway, swag, sag; deviate etc. 279; curl, turn; reenter.    ... show more

Dutch: knikken

2 curl

Shape one's body into a curl:
— She curled farther down under the covers.

synonyms: curl up, draw in.

Dutch: krullen, omkrullen

3 curl

Wind around something in coils or loops.

synonyms: coil, loop.

Roget 248: be convoluted etc. adj.; wind, twine, turn and twist, twirl; wave, undulate, meander; inosculate; entwine, intwine; twist, ... show more

4 curl

Twist or roll into coils or ringlets:
— Curl my hair, please.

synonym: wave.

5 curl

Play the Scottish game of curling.


Moby thesaurus: arc, arch, bend, bend back, bow, catacaustic, catenary, caustic, circle, cirrus, coil, conchoid, corkscrew, crimp, crisp, crook, curlicue, curve, decurve, deflect ... show more.

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