v. furled, furl·ing, furls
To roll up and secure (a flag or sail, for example) to something else.
To be or become rolled up.
1. The act or an instance of rolling up.
2. A single roll or a rolled section.
[Perhaps from French ferler, from Old French ferlier, to fasten : ferm, firm; see FIRM1 + lier, to bind (from Latin ligāre; see leig- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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