purl

v. t.

  1. To decorate with fringe or embroidery.

n.

  1. An embroidered and puckered border; a hem or fringe, often of gold or silver twist; also, a pleat or fold, as of a band.
  2. An inversion of stitches in knitting, which gives to the work a ribbed or waved appearance.
  3. A circle made by the notion of a fluid; an eddy; a ripple.
  4. A gentle murmur, as that produced by the running of a liquid among obstructions; as, the purl of a brook.
  5. Malt liquor, medicated or spiced; formerly, ale or beer in which wormwood or other bitter herbs had been infused, and which was regarded as tonic; at present, hot beer mixed with gin, sugar, and spices.
  6. A tern.

v. i.

  1. To run swiftly round, as a small stream flowing among stones or other obstructions; to eddy; also, to make a murmuring sound, as water does in running over or through obstructions.

v. & n.

  1. To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to curl; to mantle.