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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


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

SamplesCurl my hair, please.

ExamplesThey curl their hair


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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