Definitions of furl

  1. To draw up or gather into close compass; to wrap or roll, as a sail, close to the yard, stay, or mast, or, as a flag, close to or around its staff, securing it there by a gasket or line. Totten. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To roll up and fasten to something, as a sail, flag, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To roll up and secure, as a sail to a spar. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. form into a cylinder by rolling; "Roll up the cloth" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. To roll up, as a sail, close to the yard, stay, or mast, and fasten it by a cord. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. To roll up in a long bundle, as a sail or flag; to draw up. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. As the sails were now only forcing the ship further on the shoal, orders were given to furl and to hoist out all the boats except the jolly- boat and gig- both of these orders were promptly obeyed. – Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849 by William O. S. Gilly