I. verb Etymology: Anglo-French ferlier to fasten, from fer, ferm tight (from Latin firmus firm) + lier to tie, from Latin ligare — more at ligature Date: 1556 transitive verb to wrap or roll (as a sail or a flag) close to or around something intransitive verb to curl or fold as in being furled II. noun Date: 1643 1. a furled coil 2. the act of furling

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