whirl

  • 1 Whirl — Whirl, n. [Cf. Dan. hvirvel, Sw. hvirfvel, Icel. hvirfill the crown of the head, G. wirbel whirl, crown of the head, D. wervel. See {Whirl}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. A turning with rapidity or velocity; rapid rotation or circumvolution; quick… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 whirl — whirl; whirl·er; whirl·ey; whirl·i·cote; whirl·ing·ly; whirl·wig; whirl·i·gig; …

    English syllables

  • 3 Whirl — may refer to: * Whirl (Transformers), a Transformers toy * Tilt A Whirl, a type of amusement ride * Atomic whirl, a symbol of atheism * Whirl (programming language) * Whirl magazine, a luxury lifestyle magazine in Pittsburgh, PA …

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  • 4 whirl — ► VERB 1) move rapidly round and round. 2) (of the head or mind) seem to spin round. ► NOUN 1) a rapid movement round and round. 2) frantic activity: the mad social whirl. 3) a sweet or biscuit with a spiral shape. ● …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 whirl|y — «HWUR lee», adjective, whirl|i|er, whirl|i|est, noun, plural whirl|ies. –adj. that can whirl; whirling: »There are some dresses of red and white checked gingham with whirly skirts …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 6 whirl — [n1] spin, revolution circle, circuit, circulation, circumvolution, flurry, gyration, gyre, pirouette, reel, roll, rotation, round, surge, swirl, turn, twirl, twist, wheel, whir, whirlpool; concepts 152,738 whirl [n2] commotion, confusion ado*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 whirl — [hwʉrl, wʉrl] vi. [ME whirlen < ON hvirfla, akin to hverfa: see WHIR] 1. to move rapidly in a circular manner or as in an orbit; circle swiftly [couples whirling round the dance floor] 2. to rotate or spin fast; gyrate 3. to move, go, drive,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Whirl — Whirl, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whirled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whirling}.] [OE. whirlen, probably from the Scand.; cf. Icel. & Sw. hvirfla, Dan. hvirvle; akin to D. wervelen, G. wirbeln, freq. of the verb seen in Icel. hverfa to turn. [root]16. See… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 Whirl — Whirl, v. i. [1913 Webster] 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. J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster] The wooden engine flies and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 whirl — index commotion Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 11 whirl — vb 1 twirl, spin, wheel, swirl, *turn, revolve, rotate, gyrate, circle, pirouette, eddy 2 *reel, stagger, totter …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 whirl — whirl1 [wə:l US wə:rl] v [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language] 1.) [I and T] to turn or spin around very quickly, or to make someone or something do this ▪ We watched the seagulls whirling and shrieking over the harbour …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 whirl — [[t](h)wɜ͟ː(r)l[/t]] whirls, whirling, whirled 1) V ERG If something or someone whirls around or if you whirl them around, they move around or turn around very quickly. [V adv/prep] Not receiving an answer, she whirled round... [V n adv/prep] He… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 whirl — I UK [wɜː(r)l] / US [wɜrl] / US [hwɜrl] verb Word forms whirl : present tense I/you/we/they whirl he/she/it whirls present participle whirling past tense whirled past participle whirled * 1) [intransitive/transitive] to spin quickly in circles… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 whirl — whirl1 [ wɜrl, hwɜrl ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to spin quickly in circles: Whirling gracefully, they crossed the dance floor. He whirled the sword around his head. 2. ) intransitive or transitive to turn quickly, usually to look at …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 whirl — [[t](h)wɜrl, wɜrl[/t]] v. i. 1) to spin or rotate rapidly 2) to turn about or aside quickly 3) to move or be carried rapidly along: to whirl down the freeway[/ex] 4) to experience confusion or dizziness: My head is whirling[/ex] 5) to cause to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 whirl — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ dizzying (AmE), giddy (BrE), mad (esp. BrE) ▪ The next few days were a mad whirl of parties. ▪ social ▪ It s easy …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 whirl — I. verb Etymology: Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hvirfla to whirl; akin to Old High German wirbil whirlwind, Old English hweorfan to turn more at wharf Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to move in a… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 whirl — 1 verb 1 (I, T) to spin around very quickly, or to make something do this (+ about/around/toward etc): The snowflakes whirled around as they fell to the ground. | whirl sth about/around/away etc: Jim whirled the bike around. 2 (I) if your head is …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 whirl — whirler, n. whirlingly, adv. /hwerrl, werrl/, v.i. 1. to turn around, spin, or rotate rapidly: The merry go round whirled noisily. 2. to turn about or aside quickly: He whirled and faced his pursuers. 3. to move, travel, or be carried rapidly… …

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