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






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Purl" Quotes from Famous Books



... the end of the month) Dickon drove me over to the old place with his fast trotter—our double-barrels hidden under some sacks in the trap. The keeper was already waiting in the kitchen, sipping a glass of hot purl; the butler was filling every pocket with cartridges. After some comparison of their betting-books, for Dickon, on account of his acquaintance with the training establishments, was up to most moves, we started. The keeper had to send a certain number of pheasants ...
— The Amateur Poacher • Richard Jefferies

... see, supposing we focussed on the object with which we set out. I've thought out a new step, I want to show you. It's called 'The Slip Stitch.' Every third beat you stagger and cross your legs above the knee. That shows you've been twice to the Crusades. Then you purl two and cast four off. If you're still together, you get up and repeat to the end of the row knitways, decreasing once at every turn. Then ...
— Jonah and Co. • Dornford Yates

... delighted to see him. I told him what had happened, and he replied that he was going to a house where the people knew him and would let him in. When we arrived there, the people of the house were very civil; the landlady made us some purl, which the quarter-master ordered, and which I thought very good indeed. After we had finished the jug, we both fell asleep in our chairs. I did not awaken until I was roused by the quarter-master, ...
— Peter Simple and The Three Cutters, Vol. 1-2 • Frederick Marryat

... chapters of the tale, the 57th and 58th, in which Dick Swiveller realizes his threat to Miss Wackles, discovers the small creature that his destiny is expressly saving up for him, dubs her Marchioness, and teaches her the delights of hot purl and cribbage. This is comedy of the purest kind; its great charm being the good-hearted fellow's kindness to the poor desolate child hiding itself under cover of what seems only mirth and fun. Altogether, and because of rather than in spite of his weakness, Dick is a captivating person. ...
— The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete • John Forster

... along the western side of a valley; wooded ground, with leafy trees among the spruce and pine, and grass beneath. Hours of this, and twilight is falling, but his ear catches the faint purl of running water, and it heartens him like the voice of a living thing. He climbs the slope, and sees the valley half in darkness below; beyond, the sky to the south. ...
— Growth of the Soil • Knut Hamsun



Words linked to "Purl" :   run, knitting stitch, whirl, swirl, flow, knit, handicraft, whirlpool, sough, noise, yarn, embroider, resound, purl stitch, feed, broider, thread, eddy, make noise, course



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