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 for curling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Curl \Curl\ (k[^u]rl), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Curled (k[^u]rld);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Curling.] [Akin to D. krullen, Dan.
     kr["o]lle, dial. Sw. krulla to curl, crisp; possibly akin to
     E. crook. Cf. Curl, n., Cruller.]
     1. To twist or form into ringlets; to crisp, as the hair.
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              But curl their locks with bodkins and with braid.
                                                    --Cascoigne.
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     2. To twist or make onto coils, as a serpent's body.
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              Of his tortuous train,
              Curled many a wanton wreath in sight of Eve.
                                                    --Milton.
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     3. To deck with, or as with, curls; to ornament.
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              Thicker than the snaky locks
              That curledMeg[ae]ra.                 --Milton.
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              Curling with metaphors a plain intention. --Herbert.
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     4. To raise in waves or undulations; to ripple.
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              Seas would be pools without the brushing air
              To curl the waves.                    --Dryden.
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     5. (Hat Making) To shape (the brim) into a curve.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Curling \Curl"ing\, n.
     1. The act or state of that which curls; as, the curling of
        smoke when it rises; the curling of a ringlet; also, the
        act or process of one who curls something, as hair, or the
        brim of hats.
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     2. A scottish game in which heavy weights of stone or iron
        are propelled by hand over the ice towards a mark.
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              Curling . . . is an amusement of the winter, and
              played on the ice, by sliding from one mark to
              another great stones of 40 to 70 pounds weight, of a
              hemispherical form, with an iron or wooden handle at
              top. The object of the player is to lay his stone as
              near to the mark as possible, to guard that of his
              partner, which has been well laid before, or to
              strike off that of his antagonist.    --Pennant
                                                    (Tour in
                                                    Scotland.
                                                    1772).
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     Curling irons, Curling tong, an instrument for curling
        the hair; -- commonly heated when used. Called also
        curler[4].
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  curling
      adj 1: of hair having curls [syn: curled, curling]
      n 1: a game played on ice in which heavy stones with handles are
           slid toward a target

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