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swirl

 (swûrl)
v. swirled, swirl·ing, swirls
v.intr.
1. To move with a twisting or whirling motion; eddy. See Synonyms at turn.
2. To be dizzy or disoriented.
3. To be arranged in a spiral, whorl, or twist.
v.tr.
1. To cause to move with a twisting or whirling motion: swirled the drink with her straw.
2. To form into or arrange in a spiral, whorl, or twist.
n.
1. A whirling or eddying motion or mass: a swirl of white water.
2. Something, such as a curl of hair, that coils, twists, or whirls.
3. Whirling confusion or disorder: "high-pressure farce built around the swirl of mistaken identities" (Jay Carr).

[Middle English swyrl, eddy, probably of Low German or Scandinavian origin.]

swirl′y adj.

swirl

(swɜːl)
vb
1. to turn or cause to turn in a twisting spinning fashion
2. (intr) to be dizzy; swim: my head was swirling.
n
3. a whirling or spinning motion, esp in water
4. a whorl; curl
5. the act of swirling or stirring
6. dizzy confusion
[C15: probably from Dutch zwirrelen; related to Norwegian svirla, German schwirren]
ˈswirling adj
ˈswirlingly adv
ˈswirly adj

swirl

(swɜrl)

v.i.
1. to move around or along with a whirling motion; whirl; eddy.
2. to be dizzy or giddy, as the head.
v.t.
3. to cause to whirl; twist.
n.
4. a swirling movement; whirl; eddy.
5. a twist, as of hair around the head.
6. any curving, twisting line, shape, or form.
7. confusion; disorder.
[1375–1425; < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian svirla, c. Dutch zwirrelen to whirl, dial. German schwirrlen to totter]
swirl′ing•ly, adv.
swirl′y, adj. swirl•i•er, swirl•i•est.

Swirl

 objects that move rapidly in a circle or in a whirling motion, 1858.
Examples: swirl of rain clouds, 1853; of flame, 1861; of sea, 1871; of wood smoke, 1894.

swirl


Past participle: swirled
Gerund: swirling

Imperative
swirl
swirl
Present
I swirl
you swirl
he/she/it swirls
we swirl
you swirl
they swirl
Preterite
I swirled
you swirled
he/she/it swirled
we swirled
you swirled
they swirled
Present Continuous
I am swirling
you are swirling
he/she/it is swirling
we are swirling
you are swirling
they are swirling
Present Perfect
I have swirled
you have swirled
he/she/it has swirled
we have swirled
you have swirled
they have swirled
Past Continuous
I was swirling
you were swirling
he/she/it was swirling
we were swirling
you were swirling
they were swirling
Past Perfect
I had swirled
you had swirled
he/she/it had swirled
we had swirled
you had swirled
they had swirled
Future
I will swirl
you will swirl
he/she/it will swirl
we will swirl
you will swirl
they will swirl
Future Perfect
I will have swirled
you will have swirled
he/she/it will have swirled
we will have swirled
you will have swirled
they will have swirled
Future Continuous
I will be swirling
you will be swirling
he/she/it will be swirling
we will be swirling
you will be swirling
they will be swirling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been swirling
you have been swirling
he/she/it has been swirling
we have been swirling
you have been swirling
they have been swirling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been swirling
you will have been swirling
he/she/it will have been swirling
we will have been swirling
you will have been swirling
they will have been swirling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been swirling
you had been swirling
he/she/it had been swirling
we had been swirling
you had been swirling
they had been swirling
Conditional
I would swirl
you would swirl
he/she/it would swirl
we would swirl
you would swirl
they would swirl
Past Conditional
I would have swirled
you would have swirled
he/she/it would have swirled
we would have swirled
you would have swirled
they would have swirled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swirl - the shape of something rotating rapidlyswirl - the shape of something rotating rapidly
round shape - a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
Verb1.swirl - turn in a twisting or spinning motionswirl - turn in a twisting or spinning motion; "The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"
revolve, rotate, go around - turn on or around an axis or a center; "The Earth revolves around the Sun"; "The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire"
2.swirl - flow in a circular current, of liquids
course, flow, run, feed - move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"

swirl

verb whirl, churn, spin, twist, boil, surge, agitate, eddy, twirl She smiled, swirling the wine in her glass. The water swirled around his legs.

swirl

verb
1. To move or cause to move like a rapid rotary current of liquid:
2. To rotate rapidly:
3. To have the sensation of turning in circles:
Translations
حَرَكَةٌ دَوّامِيَّهيَدور كالدَّوّامَه
vířenívířit
hvirvelhvirvle
keeriskeerlema
kieppuakierrepyörre
tourbillontourbillon longitudinaltourbillonner
forgatag
òyrlasnúningur; hvirfill; iîa
grieztiesjūklisvirpulisvirpuļot
fırıl fırıl dön mefırıl fırıl dön mek

swirl

[swɜːl]
A. N (= movement) → remolino m, torbellino m
it disappeared in a swirl of waterdesapareció en un remolino de agua
the swirl of the dancers' skirtsel girar or el movimiento de las faldas de las bailadoras
B. VI [water, dust, mist] → arremolinarse; [person] → dar vueltas, girar

swirl

[ˈswɜːrl]
n
(= movement) [water, smoke] → tourbillon m
(= pattern) [cream] → volutes fpl
vi [water, smoke, mist] → tourbillonner; [skirt] → tourbillonner
vt [+ wine, water] → faire tourner

swirl

nWirbel m; (= whorl in pattern also)Spirale f; the swirl of the dancers’ skirtsdie wirbelnden Röcke der Tänzerinnen; she put a swirl of cream on the cakesie spritzte ein Sahnehäufchen auf den Kuchen
vt water, dust etcwirbeln; to swirl something along (river) → etw wirbelnd mitreißen; he swirled his partner round the roomer wirbelte seine Partnerin durchs Zimmer
viwirbeln; to swirl aroundherumwirbeln

swirl

[swɜːl]
1. n (movement) → turbinio, turbine m, mulinello; (of cream) → ricciolo

swirl

(swəːl) verb
to (cause to) move quickly, with a whirling or circling motion. The leaves were swirled along the ground by the wind.
noun
a whirling or circling motion or shape. The dancers came on stage in a swirl of colour.
References in classic literature ?
How far it was to shore she could not guess, or how far to the certain death of the swirling waters toward which she was being drawn by an irresistible force; but of one thing she was certain, her strength was rapidly waning, and she must reach the bank quickly.
And there I stood in a breathless lather, much time and strength thrown away together; and the candle burning down for nothing in that little lofty window; and the running water swirling noisily over its stones at my back.
He looked a moment at his "unsteadfast footing," then let his gaze wander to the swirling water of the stream racing madly beneath his feet.
Evidently she had entirely forgotten her surroundings and her present circumstances, for a single glance at the dark, swirling waters without sent her crumpled upon a low bench, where with her face buried in her arms she sobbed more like a very unhappy little girl than a proud and all-powerful goddess.
Presently our downward motion ceased, and I could hear the propellers swirling through the water at our stern and forcing us ahead at high speed.
That should give them heart," said Sir Nigel, eyeing the galleys, which crept along on either side, with a slow, measured swing of their great oars, the water swirling and foaming under their sharp stems.
And, curiously enough, while my thoughts were thus running on towards the rapids of that swirling moment, the very thing happened which I had often imagined might happen to myself.
Utterson beheld a marvelous number of degrees and hues of twilight; for here it would be dark like the back-end of evening; and there would be a glow of a rich, lurid brown, like the light of some strange conflagration; and here, for a moment, the fog would be quite broken up, and a haggard shaft of daylight would glance in between the swirling wreaths.
I hear water swirling by, level with my ears, and the creaking of wood on wood.
I read in the typescript that in my trance I heard cows low and water swirling level with my ears and the creaking of wood.
The river was swirling past in the darkness; they could just distinguish the smooth moving surface of the water, and the air was full of the sound of it.
Buried in the smoke of many rifles his anger was directed not so much against the men whom he knew were rushing toward him as against the swirling battle phantoms which were choking him, stuffing their smoke robes down his parched throat.