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Meaning of WHIRL

Pronunciation:  wurl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting"
  2. [n]  a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
  3. [n]  confused movement; "he was caught up in a whirl of work"; "a commotion of people fought for the exits"
  4. [n]  the shape of something rotating rapidly
  5. [v]  revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
  6. [v]  flow in a circular current, of liquids
  7. [v]  fly around, as of paper on the sidewalk, or clothes in a dryer, or rising smoke in the wind
  8. [v]  cause to spin; "spin a coin"
  9. [v]  turn in a twisting or spinning motion; "The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"

WHIRL is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: birl, commotion, convolution, crack, eddy, fling, go, gyrate, offer, pass, purl, reel, skirl, spin, spin, spin around, swirl, swirl, tumble, twiddle, twirl, twirl, twist, twisting, vortex, whirl around, whirlpool
 See Also: attempt, birling, circumvolve, course, effort, endeavor, endeavour, flow, go around, logrolling, motion, move, movement, pirouette, revolve, rotate, rotation, round shape, run, try, whirligig



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 {Wharf}, and cf. {Warble}, {Whorl}.]
    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. --Chaucer.
             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.
  2. \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.'' --J. H.
             The wooden engine flies and whirls about. --Dryden.
    2. To move hastily or swiftly.
             But whirled away to shun his hateful sight.
  3. \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.]
    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.'' --J. H. Newman.
             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
    4. (Bot. & Zo["o]l.) A whorl. See {Whorl}.