whirl /ˈhwɝ(ə)l, ˈwɚ/
Whirl v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whirled p. pr. & vb. n. Whirling.]
1. To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity; to make to revolve.
He whirls his sword around without delay. --Dryden.
2. To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch; to harry.
See, see the chariot, and those rushing wheels,
That whirled the prophet up at Chebar flood. --Milton.
The passionate heart of the poet is whirl'd into folly. --Tennyson.
Whirl, v. i.
1. To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to revolve or rotate with great speed; to gyrate. “The whirling year vainly my dizzy eyes pursue.”
The wooden engine flies and whirls about. --Dryden.
2. To move hastily or swiftly.
But whirled away to shun his hateful sight. --Dryden.
1. A turning with rapidity or velocity; rapid rotation or circumvolution; quick gyration; rapid or confusing motion; as, the whirl of a top; the whirl of a wheel. “In no breathless whirl.”
The rapid . . . whirl of things here below interrupt not the inviolable rest and calmness of the noble beings above. --South.
2. Anything that moves with a whirling motion.
He saw Falmouth under gray, iron skies, and whirls of March dust. --Carlyle.
3. A revolving hook used in twisting, as the hooked spindle of a rope machine, to which the threads to be twisted are attached.
4. Bot. & Zool. A whorl. See Whorl.
n 1: confused movement; "he was caught up in a whirl of work"; "a
commotion of people fought for the exits" [syn: commotion]
2: the shape of something rotating rapidly [syn: swirl, vortex,
3: a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it
a whirl" [syn: crack, fling, go, pass, offer]
4: the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it
broke off after much twisting" [syn: spin, twirl, twist,
v 1: turn in a twisting or spinning motion; "The leaves swirled
in the autumn wind" [syn: twirl, swirl, twiddle]
2: cause to spin; "spin a coin" [syn: birl, spin, twirl]
3: flow in a circular current, of liquids [syn: eddy, purl,
4: revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; "The
dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
[syn: spin, spin around, reel, gyrate]
5: fly around; "The clothes tumbled in the dryer"; "rising
smoke whirled in the air" [syn: tumble, whirl around]