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 whirl whirl

noun

  • () confused movement  ( commotion, whirl )
    confused movement
     he was caught up in a whirl of work
    he was caught up in a whirl of work
     a commotion of people fought for the exits
    a commotion of people fought for the exits
  • the act of rotating rapidly  ( spin, twirl, twisting, whirl, twist )
    the act of rotating rapidly
     he gave the crank a spin
    he gave the crank a spin
     it broke off after much twisting
    it broke off after much twisting
  • a usually brief attempt  ( crack, fling, go, offer, pass, whirl )
    a usually brief attempt
     he took a crack at it
    he took a crack at it
     I gave it a whirl
    I gave it a whirl
  • the shape of something rotating rapidly  ( convolution, vortex, whirl, swirl )
    the shape of something rotating rapidly
  • verb

  • () turn in a twisting or spinning motion  ( twiddle, twirl, swirl, whirl )
    turn in a twisting or spinning motion
     The leaves swirled in the autumn wind
    The leaves swirled in the autumn wind
  • () cause to spin  ( birl, spin, twirl, whirl )
    cause to spin
     spin a coin
    spin a coin
  • () revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis  ( gyrate, reel, whirl, spin around, spin )
    revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
     The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy
    The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy
  • () flow in a circular current, of liquids  ( whirlpool, eddy, whirl, purl, swirl )
    flow in a circular current, of liquids
  • fly around  ( whirl, whirl around, tumble )
    fly around
     The clothes tumbled in the dryer
    The clothes tumbled in the dryer
     rising smoke whirled in the air
    rising smoke whirled in the air