Denoting or relating to a knitting stitch made by putting the needle through the front of the stitch from right to left.Compare with knit (adjective)
transitive verb[with object]
Knit with a purl stitch.
gurgle, bubble, murmur, purr, purl, tinkle, whir, drone, rumble, buzz, hum
- ‘knit one, purl one’
1A cord of twisted gold or silver wire used for bordering or edging something.
- 1.1An ornamental edging of lace or ribbon.
Late Middle English (as noun): of uncertain origin.
intransitive verb[no object]
(of a stream or river) flow with a swirling motion and babbling sound.‘large stones stood blackly in the water, making it purl as it rolled around them’
splash, wash, swish, slap, slosh, break, purl
- ‘The water gurgled and purled, loudly at first, then softly, as a powerful foot-wide whirlpool took shape.’
- ‘Miri could not imagine there was such a beautiful place as the island of Philae, an island amongst islands washed by the purling waters of the Nile.’
- ‘I look out of the window and through the purling drops I can see gutters running with water; I can see the clouds almost black with rain to come.’
- ‘He sits on the bank and, wretched, stares into the purling water.’
A purling motion or sound.‘it was quiet except for the liquid purl of the fountain’
splash, purl, babble, burble
- ‘His hands just purled off notes in all shapes and forms.’
- ‘The shadows lurched forward, purling around his ankles like tendrils of smoke.’
- ‘No. 23 (F Major - Moderato) purls off the piano like drops of water for some forty seconds before the conclusion begins, in No. 24 (D Minor - Allegro appassionato), sweeping, broad, interlaced with runs.’
- ‘A mercurial figure whom Sacco often draws veiled in purls of cigarette smoke, Neven is a ‘fixer,’ a source and guide to foreign journalists seeking access to the front lines.’
- ‘‘See how easily the white meat slices,’ a dark, rumbling voice purled around the gunner's ears.’
- ‘Somewhere in the alleyway outside, cat song purled into the night.’
Early 16th century (denoting a small swirling stream): probably imitative; compare with Norwegian purla ‘bubble up’.