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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 whim /ˈhwɪm, ˈwɪm/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Whim, n.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Whim n.  Zool. The European widgeon.  [Prov. Eng.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Whim, v. i. To be subject to, or indulge in, whims; to be whimsical, giddy, or freakish.  [R.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]