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Purl  n.  
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."
An inversion of stitches in knitting, which gives to the work a ribbed or waved appearance.
Purl stitch. Same as Purl, n., 2.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Purl" Quotes from Famous Books

... has the honour to answer hangs at the gate of a west-end livery-stables, and his consequence is proportionate. To none under the degree of a groom does he condescend a nod of recognition—with a second coachman he drinks porter—and purl (a compound of beer and blue ruin) with the more respectable individual who occupies the hammer-cloth on court-days. Tom estimates a man according to his horse, and his civility is regulated according to his estimation. He pockets a gratuity with as much ease as a state pensioner; but if ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete • Various

... of metal are sometimes used alone, caught down at regular intervals by small cross stitches; this is, I believe, called 'Lizzarding' (Fig. 3). Metal is also found in the form of 'guimp,' in flattened spirals (Fig. 4), and also in the 'Purl,' or copper wire covered with silk (Fig. 5), so common on the later satin books ...
— English Embroidered Bookbindings • Cyril James Humphries Davenport

... not distasteful, in our approach to such a kindly, artificial old place as Hampton Court, to suppose that we were passing through enamelled meads. Under the circumstances we might have expected our train to purl, in default of a stream to perform the part, and I can truly say of it that it arrived with us in a mood so pastoral that I still cannot understand why we did not ask for a fly at the station in a couplet out of Pope. We got the fly easily enough in our prose ...
— London Films • W.D. Howells

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

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