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curl

2 noun
     
Related topics: Shapes, Patterns
curl2
1 [countable]DC a piece of hair that hangs in a curved shape:
a little boy with beautiful blonde curls
2 [singular, uncountable] the ability of your hair to form curls:
Use a diffuser to maximise the volume and curl of your hair.
hair that has a natural curl
3 [countable]CF something in the shape of a curve:
Decorate the cake with chocolate curls.
curl of
A curl of smoke rose from her cigarette.
4 [countable] an exercise in which you repeatedly bend your arms, legs, or stomach in order to make your muscles strong
5

curl of somebody's lip/mouth

a sideways and upwards movement of your lip or mouth, showing that you disapprove of someone or something

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