Purl stitch. Same as Purl, n., 2.

(Purl), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Purled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Purling.] [Cf. Sw. porla, and E. pur to murmur as a cat.]

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.

2. [Perh. fr. F. perler to pearl, to bead. See Pearl, v. & n.] To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to curl; to mantle.

thin winding breath which purled up to the sky.

(Pu"ri*tan), a. Of or pertaining to the Puritans; resembling, or characteristic of, the Puritans.

(Pu`ri*tan"ic Pu`ri*tan"ic*al) a.

1. Of or pertaining to the Puritans, or to their doctrines and practice.

2. Precise in observance of legal or religious requirements; strict; overscrupulous; rigid; — often used by way of reproach or contempt.

Paritanical circles, from which plays and novels were strictly excluded.

He had all the puritanic traits, both good and evil.

(Pu`ri*tan"ic*al*ly), adv. In a puritanical manner.

(Pu"ri*tan*ism) n. The doctrines, notions, or practice of Puritans.

(Pu"ri*tan*ize) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Puritanized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Puritanizing ] To agree with, or teach, the doctrines of Puritans; to conform to the practice of Puritans. Bp. Montagu.

(Pu"ri*ty) n. [OE. purete, purte, OF. purté, F. pureté, from L. puritas, fr. purus pure. See Pure.] The condition of being pure. Specifically: (a) freedom from foreign admixture or deleterious matter; as, the purity of water, of wine, of drugs, of metals. (b) Cleanness; freedom from foulness or dirt. "The purity of a linen vesture." Holyday. (c) Freedom from guilt or the defilement of sin; innocence; chastity; as, purity of heart or of life. (d) Freedom from any sinister or improper motives or views. (e) Freedom from foreign idioms, or from barbarous or improper words or phrases; as, purity of style.

Purkinje's cells
(Pur"kin*je's cells`) [From J. E. Purkinje, their discoverer.] (Anat.) Large ganglion cells forming a layer near the surface of the cerebellum.

(Purl) v. t. [Contr. fr. purfile, purfle. See Purfle.] To decorate with fringe or embroidery. "Nature's cradle more enchased and purled." B. Jonson.

(Purl), n.

1. An embroidered and puckered border; a hem or fringe, often of gold or silver twist; also, a pleat or fold, as of a band.

A triumphant chariot made of carnation velvet, enriched withpurl and pearl.
Sir P. Sidney.

2. An inversion of stitches in knitting, which gives to the work a ribbed or waved appearance.

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