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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 purl /ˈpɝ(ə)l/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Purl, n.
 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.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Purl v. t.  To decorate with fringe or embroidery. “Nature's cradle more enchased and purled.”

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Purl, n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
            swirl, whirl]
      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