curl

1. noun /kəːl,kɝl/
a) A piece or lock of curling hair; a ringlet.

she took it down, looked long and fondly at it, then, shaking her curls about her face, as if to hide the act, pressed it to her lips and seemed to weep over it in an uncontrollable paroxysm of tender grief.

b) A curved stroke or shape.

the backs of their necks and their forelegs are decorated with curls and their necks and bodies are covered with fine, undulating lines.

2. verb /kəːl,kɝl/
a) To cause to move in a curve.

He picked the ball up about forty yards out on the left wing, left a trail of Arsenal defenders in his wake, and curled the ball round Geoff Barnett as he came right out into the far corner.

b) To make into a curl or spiral.

She curls her spine; she wedges a pillow between her knees.


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