Definition of Whirl

1. Noun. Confused movement. "A commotion of people fought for the exits"

Exact synonyms: Commotion
Generic synonyms: Motion, Movement



2. Verb. Turn in a twisting or spinning motion. "The wooden sticks whirl "; "The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"
Exact synonyms: Swirl, Twiddle, Twirl
Generic synonyms: Go Around, Revolve, Rotate
Derivative terms: Swirl, Twiddle, Twirl, Twirler, Whirling

3. Noun. The shape of something rotating rapidly.
Exact synonyms: Convolution, Swirl, Vortex
Generic synonyms: Round Shape
Derivative terms: Swirl, Swirl

4. Verb. Cause to spin. "The girls whirl the wooden sticks"; "Spin a coin"
Exact synonyms: Birl, Spin, Twirl
Generic synonyms: Circumvolve, Rotate
Derivative terms: Spin, Spinner, Twirl, Twirler

5. Noun. A usually brief attempt. "I gave it a whirl"
Exact synonyms: Crack, Fling, Go, Offer, Pass
Generic synonyms: Attempt, Effort, Endeavor, Endeavour, Try

6. Verb. Flow in a circular current, of liquids.
Exact synonyms: Eddy, Purl, Swirl, Whirlpool
Generic synonyms: Course, Feed, Flow, Run
Derivative terms: Eddy, Swirl, Whirlpool

7. Noun. The act of rotating rapidly. "It broke off after much twisting"
Exact synonyms: Spin, Twirl, Twist, Twisting
Generic synonyms: Rotary Motion, Rotation
Specialized synonyms: Pirouette, Birling, Logrolling
Derivative terms: Spin, Spin, Twirl, Twirl, Twist, Twist

8. Verb. Revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis. "These balls whirl easily"; "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
Exact synonyms: Gyrate, Reel, Spin, Spin Around
Generic synonyms: Go Around, Revolve, Rotate
Specialized synonyms: Whirligig
Derivative terms: Gyration, Gyration, Spin, Spinner, Whirler, Whirler

9. Verb. Fly around. "Rising smoke whirled in the air"
Exact synonyms: Tumble, Whirl Around
Generic synonyms: Move

Definition of Whirl

1. v. t. To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity; to make to revolve.

2. v. i. To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to revolve or rotate with great speed; to gyrate.

3. n. 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.

4. v. t. To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity; to make to revolve.

5. v. i. To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to revolve or rotate with great speed; to gyrate.

6. n. 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.

Definition of Whirl

1. Verb. (intransitive) To rotate, revolve, spin or turn rapidly. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To have a sensation of spinning or reeling. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To make something or someone whirl. ¹

4. Noun. An act of whirling. ¹

5. Noun. Something that whirls. ¹

6. Noun. A confused tumult. ¹

7. Noun. A rapid series of events ¹

8. Noun. Dizziness or giddiness. ¹

9. Noun. (qualifier usually following “give”) A brief experiment or trial. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Whirl

1. to revolve rapidly [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Whirl

1. 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) Origin: 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. See Wharf, and cf. Warble, Whorl. 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. A whorl. See Whorl. Origin: Cf. Dan. Hvirvel, Sw. Hvirfvel, Icel. Hvirfill the crown of the head, G. Wirbel whirl, crown of the head, D. Wervel. See Whirl. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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