Whirl·ing a. & n. from Whirl, v. t.
Whirling table. (a) Physics An apparatus provided with one or more revolving disks, with weights, pulleys, and other attachments, for illustrating the phenomena and laws of centrifugal force, and the like. (b) A potter's wheel.
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.
adj 1: moving or driven rapidly in a rotary or twisting motion; "a
tornado's whirling winds"; "swirling currents" [syn: swirling]
2: rotating rapidly about an axis; "a spinning top"; "the
whirling dance of the Dervish" [syn: spinning]
n : the act of rotating in a circle or spiral [syn: gyration]