whim /ˈhwɪm, ˈwɪm/
1. A sudden turn or start of the mind; a temporary eccentricity; a freak; a fancy; a capricious notion; a humor; a caprice.
Let every man enjoy his whim. --Churchill.
2. Mining A large capstan or vertical drum turned by horse power or steam power, for raising ore or water, etc., from mines, or for other purposes; -- called also whim gin, and whimsey.
Whim gin Mining, a whim. See Whim, 2.
Whim shaft Mining, a shaft through which ore, water, etc., is raised from a mine by means of a whim.
Syn: -- Freak; caprice; whimsey; fancy.
Usage: -- Whim, Freak, Caprice. Freak denotes an impulsive, inconsiderate change of mind, as by a child or a lunatic. Whim is a mental eccentricity due to peculiar processes or habits of thought. Caprice is closely allied in meaning to freak, but implies more definitely a quality of willfulness or wantonness.
Whim n. Zool. The European widgeon. [Prov. Eng.]
Whim, v. i. To be subject to, or indulge in, whims; to be whimsical, giddy, or freakish. [R.]
n 1: a sudden desire; "he bought it on an impulse" [syn: caprice,
2: an odd or fanciful or capricious idea; "the theatrical
notion of disguise is associated with disaster in his
stories"; "he had a whimsy about flying to the moon";
"whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it"
[syn: notion, whimsy, whimsey]