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Definitions of whirl

  1. cause to spin; " spin a coin"
  2. confused movement; " he was caught up in a whirl of work"; " a commotion of people fought for the exits"
  3. a usually brief attempt; " he took a crack at it"; " I gave it a whirl"
  4. flow in a circular current, of liquids
  5. revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; " The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
  6. fly around, as of paper on the sidewalk, or clothes in a dryer, or rising smoke in the wind
  7. the act of rotating rapidly; " he gave the crank a spin"; " it broke off after much twisting"
  8. turn in a twisting or spinning motion; " The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"
  9. fly around; " The clothes tumbled in the dryer"; " rising smoke whirled in the air"
  10. To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity; to make to revolve.
  11. To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch; to harry.
  12. To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to revolve or rotate with great speed; to gyrate.
  13. To move hastily or swiftly.
  14. 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.
  15. Anything that moves with a whirling motion.
  16. A revolving hook used in twisting, as the hooked spindle of a rope machine, to which the threads to be twisted are attached.
  17. A whorl. See Whorl.
  18. To cause to turn round rapidly.
  19. To turn or move round with great speed; move along swiftly, especially on wheels.
  20. A rapid turning round; rapid rotation or circular motion.
  21. A turning with rapidity: anything that turns with velocity.
  22. To revolve rapidly.
  23. To turn round rapidly.
  24. A rapid turning.
  25. To turn, or cause to turn; twirl; spin; rotate.
  26. A swift rotating or revolving motion.
  27. Something whirling.
  28. To turn round rapidly; to turn with velocity; to hurry.
  29. To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to move hastily.
  30. To move round with a whir; to turn round rapidly.
  31. Rapid rotation; anything that moves or is turned with velocity on an axis or centre; a whirl or whorl, in conch., a wreath or single turn of the spire of a univalve shell, such as that of the garden snail.
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Usage examples for whirl

  1. I felt in a whirl of emotion, for I was half stunned at the turn matters had taken, and I tried again to catch Mercer's eye, but he did not even glance at me, but stood opening and shutting his hands as he glared at Dicksee, who looked horribly alarmed, and as if he would like to run away. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  2. Pavel told Solomin all this afterwards, not hiding the fact that he did not attempt to prevent Nejdanov from drinking- otherwise he could not have got him out of the whirl. – Virgin Soil by Ivan S. Turgenev
  3. An hour or so later, Elaine, whose mind was now in a whirl from what had happened, decided to call on Perry Bennett. – The Exploits of Elaine by Arthur B. Reeve
  4. The luncheon stood as his first whirl in Society since Angela Flower's bridge- party. – Angela's Business by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  5. " Well," he said, finally, " I have not broken any in quite a while, and I believe I'll take a whirl with you to- night." – Frank Merriwell's Chums by Burt L. Standish
  6. He uttered a loud, shrill trumpet; then things began to happen with a rapidity that fairly made the circus boy's head whirl. – The-Circus-Boys-on-the-Flying-Rings-or-Making-the-Start-in-the-Sawdust-Life by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  7. Was all our new life to be a whirl like this? – Explorers of the Dawn by Mazo de la Roche
  8. His blood was on fire, his brain was in a whirl; two faces- Una's and Lady Bell's- seemed to dance before his eyes. – Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir by Charles Garvice
  9. The fever by which Cecilia was possessed on her lover's behalf, often overcame discretion, set her judgement in a whirl, was like a delirium. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  10. Her own brain was in a whirl, her heart beating high; she could hardly realise what had passed, but when again placed in the barge the first words she heard were from Bellievre. – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  11. I had been conscious of all that, but supposing my brain had actually begun to whirl half an hour sooner, before I had become conscious of it? – The Man From the Clouds by J. Storer Clouston
  12. As the uncanny spot, ever growing brighter, advanced toward him, he thought his heart had stopped beating; his brain was in a whirl. – The Land of the Changing Sun by William N. Harben
  13. Oh, dear- it almost makes my head whirl when I think of them. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  14. But Charley here is so full of signs and wonders that my brain is fairly in a whirl. – Shadow Mountain by Dane Coolidge
  15. My brain was in such a whirl I could form no connected train of thought. – The Crack of Doom by Robert Cromie
  16. I tell you, don't whirl around! – Plays A Protégée of the Mistress; Poverty Is No Crime; Sin and Sorrow Are Common to All; It's a Family Affair--We'll Settle It Ourselves by Alexander Ostrovsky
  17. My head is in a whirl, and I don't- Let me see- Oh yes. – H. R. by Edwin Lefevre
  18. His arm is around her waist, and they whirl away among the waltzers. – A Terrible Secret by May Agnes Fleming
  19. " Oh, Dick, dear Dick, don't ask me," moaned the poor girl, whose young head was in a whirl. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  20. While women in Paris were either trembling with fear for what the morrow might bring forth, or else caught in the feverish whirl of rebellion, one at least had found rest. – Mary Wollstonecraft by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
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