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  Dictionary Definition of purl

purl [1]
verb (i)
1. to flow with curling or rippling motions, as a shallow stream does over stones.
2. to flow with a murmuring sound.
3. to pass in a manner or with a sound likened to this.
-- noun
4. the action or sound of purling.
5. a circle or curl made by the motion of water; a ripple; eddy.
[cf. Norw. purla bubble up, gush]