Adjective "furled" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Roll or fold up (something) neatly and securely.
  1. 'a furled umbrella'
  2. 'There was a glint of light on their deck, and she saw that she too was being watched, then turned her attention to the sails being furled.'
  3. 'Notice the wind turbine that has its blades furled also has stopped turning.'
  4. 'A Seaman was rated ‘Able’ in wind-powered navies when he was able to perform the Seaman's main duties: reef, steer, and hand - the latter meaning to furl the sails to the yard.'
  5. 'Telli furled the sail as they entered its mouth and they drifted up to a small jetty, timing it perfectly so they had no need to use the oars.'
  6. 'At 6 A.M. there was a simple breakfast of biscuit and cocoa and then all hands started preparations for the day's dredging and sounding operations, furling the sails while William Spry and his mates made steam down below in the engine room.'
  7. 'The sails had been furled in preparation for the storm.'
  8. 'The ship had seven short masts, and though the sails were furled, the ship gave a sudden lurch as the lines were cast off, and began sliding away from the dock in such a way that it seemed the dock itself was receding from them.'
  9. 'Fearing they would be blown into the island cliffs, the crew furled the main sail, then to lower the ship's profile further, Alexander ordered the main spar lowered.'
  10. 'About 20 h after egg hatch, when the larvae on the resistant genotypes were still alive and the leaves with larvae were still furled, one leaf with larvae was removed from each plant and tested for the presence of hydrogen peroxide.'
  11. 'A fortnight ago, the marchers carried loyalist flags, but claimed that, since the flags were furled, that was all right.'
  12. 'Jaime looked sideways, at a police officer with a gun in his hands, smoke furling out of the gun's barrel.'
  13. 'The open window let his hat, sitting in the passenger seat, dance slightly, the tips furling up and whipping in the hurricane-fierce winds.'
  14. 'Smoke rose from a hall in the roof and drifted with the wind, twisting and furling in on itself until you were unable to see it.'

More definitions

1. to gather into a compact roll and bind securely, as a sail against a spar or a flag against its staff. verb (used without object)

2. to become furled. noun

3. the act of furling.

4. something furled, as a roll. Idioms

5. furl in a body, Nautical. to furl (a square sail) with loose canvas gathered at the mast, so as to make a harbor furl.

6. furl in the bunt, Nautical. to furl (a square sail) by gathering canvas upward, so as to load the yard equally a

More examples(as adjective)

"umbrellas can be furled."

"flags can be furled."

"booms can be furled."


(furl)Late 16th century: from French ferler, from Old French fer, ferm ‘firm’ + lier ‘bind’ (from Latin ligare).