1. A circle made by the notion of a fluid; an eddy; a ripple.
Whose stream an easy breath doth seem to blow,
Which on the sparkling gravel runs in purles,
As though the waves had been of silver curls. --Drayton.
2. A gentle murmur, as that produced by the running of a liquid among obstructions; as, the purl of a brook.
3. Malt liquor, medicated or spiced; formerly, ale or beer in which wormwood or other bitter herbs had been infused, and which was regarded as tonic; at present, hot beer mixed with gin, sugar, and spices. “Drank a glass of purl to recover appetite.” --Addison. “Drinking hot purl, and smoking pipes.” --Dickens.
4. Zool. A tern. [Prov. Eng.]
Purl, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Purled p. pr. & vb. n. Purling.]
1. To run swiftly round, as a small stream flowing among stones or other obstructions; to eddy; also, to make a murmuring sound, as water does in running over or through obstructions.
Swift o'er the rolling pebbles, down the hills,
Louder and louder purl the falling rills. --Pope.
2. To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to curl; to mantle.
thin winding breath which purled up to the sky. --Shak.
Purl v. t. To decorate with fringe or embroidery. “Nature's cradle more enchased and purled.”
1. An embroidered and puckered border; a hem or fringe, often of gold or silver twist; also, a pleat or fold, as of a band.
A triumphant chariot made of carnation velvet, enriched withpurl and pearl. --Sir P. Sidney.
2. An inversion of stitches in knitting, which gives to the work a ribbed or waved appearance.
Purl stitch. Same as Purl, n., 2.
n 1: gold or silver wire thread
2: a basic knitting stitch [syn: purl stitch]
v 1: flow in a circular current, of liquids [syn: eddy, whirlpool,
2: make a murmuring sound; "the water was purling"
3: knit with a purl stitch
4: edge or border with gold or silver embroidery
5: embroider with gold or silver thread