EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FURL
At midnight, orders were given to furl the fore and mizen topsails.
Every effort was made to clear the wreck and to furl the sails.
We are going to loose and furl, and you can see better there than here.
Jim and I were sent aloft to the fore-topgallant sailyard to furl the sail.
Let go the topgallant and topsail halliards, and clew up and furl the sails.
These sails are frequently made to furl and unfurl like a fan.
"You can furl her sails, and throw over her anchor," said he after a moment's consideration.
Furl—To roll up and make sails fast so that the wind cannot distend them.
Furl topgallant-sails, and down with the royal and topgallant-yards!
I'll take the two boys for'ard, an' you ease her up a bit so we can furl the jib.
1550s, of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle French ferler "to furl," from Old French ferliier "chain, tie up, lock away," perhaps from fer "firm" (from Latin firmus; see firm (adj.)) + -lier "to bind" (from Latin ligare). Related: Furled; furling.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FURL
- hitch on
- hook on
- hook up
- peg down
- pin down
- put together
- tack on
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