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English noun: curl

1. curl (shape) a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)


Synonymscoil, curlicue, gyre, ringlet, roll, scroll, whorl


Broader (hypernym)round shape


Narrower (hyponym)calyx, corolla, verticil

2. Curl (person) American chemist who with Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto discovered fullerenes and opened a new branch of chemistry (born in 1933)


SynonymsRobert Curl, Robert F. Curl, Robert Floyd Curl Jr.


Instance hypernymchemist

3. curl (body) a strand or cluster of hair


Synonymslock, ringlet, whorl


Broader (hypernym)hair


Narrower (hyponym)crimp, dreadlock, forelock, sausage curl


Part meronymcoif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle


English verb: curl

1. curl (change) form a curl, curve, or kink


SamplesThe cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling.


Synonymscurve, kink


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change surface


Entailbend, deform, flex, turn, twist

2. curl (motion) shape one's body into a curl


SamplesShe curled farther down under the covers.
She fell and drew in.


Synonymscurl up, draw in


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)bend, flex


Verb groupattract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in

3. curl (contact) wind around something in coils or loops


ExamplesThey curl the wire around the stick, The wires curl around the stick


Synonymscoil, loop


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)roll, twine, wind, wrap


Antonymsuncoil

4. curl (contact) twist or roll into coils or ringlets


SamplesCurl my hair, please.


ExamplesThey curl their hair


Synonymswave


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)twist


Narrower (hyponym)crape, crimp, frizz, frizzle, kink, kink up

5. curl (competition) play the Scottish game of curling


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)play


Domain categoryathletics, sport









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