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. Swift o’er the rolling pebbles, down the hills, Louder and louder purl the falling rills. (pope)
2. Fr. F. Perler to pearl, to bead. See Pearl To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to curl; to mantle. thin winding breath which purled up to the sky. (Shak)
Origin: Cf. Sw. Porla, and E. Pur to murmur as a cat.
1. A circle made by the notion of a fluid; an eddy; a ripple. Whose stream an easy breath doth seem to blow, Which on the sparkling gravel runs in purles, As though the waves had been of silver curls. (Drayton)
2. A gentle murmur, as that produced by the running of a liquid among obstructions; as, the purl of a brook.
3. From F.perler, v. See Purl to mantle 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. Drank a glass of purl to recover appetite. . Drinking hot purl, and smoking pipes. .
4. (Science: Zoology) A tern.