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whirl

 (wûrl, hwûrl)
v. whirled, whirl·ing, whirls
v.intr.
1. To rotate rapidly about a center or an axis; spin.
2. To move while rotating or turning about: The dancer whirled across the stage. See Synonyms at turn.
3. To turn rapidly, changing direction; wheel: She whirled around to face him.
4. To have the sensation of spinning; reel: My head is whirling with data.
v.tr.
1. To cause to rotate or turn rapidly: whirl a baton.
2. To cause to move with a spinning motion: whirled the ball up into the air.
3. To drive at high speed: whirled the motorcycle around the corner.
4. Obsolete To hurl.
n.
1. The act of rotating or revolving rapidly.
2. Something, such as a cloud of dust, that whirls or is whirled.
3. A state of confusion; a tumult: The press room was in a whirl.
4. A swift succession or round of events: the social whirl.
5. A state of mental confusion or giddiness; dizziness: My head is in a whirl.
6. Informal A short trip or ride.
7. Informal A brief or experimental try: Let's give the plan a whirl.

[Middle English whirlen, probably from Old Norse hvirfla.]

whirl′er n.

whirl

(wɜːl)
vb
1. to spin, turn, or revolve or cause to spin, turn, or revolve
2. (intr) to turn around or away rapidly
3. (intr) to have a spinning sensation, as from dizziness, etc
4. to move or drive or be moved or driven at high speed
n
5. the act or an instance of whirling; swift rotation or a rapid whirling movement
6. a condition of confusion or giddiness: her accident left me in a whirl.
7. a swift round, as of events, meetings, etc
8. a tumult; stir
9. informal a brief trip, dance, etc
10. give something a whirl informal to attempt or give a trial to something
[C13: from Old Norse hvirfla to turn about; related to Old High German wirbil whirlwind]
ˈwhirler n
ˈwhirling adj
ˈwhirlingly adv

whirl

(ʰwɜrl, wɜrl)

v.i.
1. to spin or rotate rapidly.
2. to turn about or aside quickly.
3. to move or be carried rapidly along: to whirl down the freeway.
4. to experience confusion or dizziness: My head is whirling.
v.t.
5. to cause to spin or rotate rapidly.
6. to drive or carry in a circular or curving course.
7. to drive or carry along rapidly.
8. Obs. to throw or hurl.
n.
9. the act of whirling.
10. a whirling movement; quick turn.
11. a short trip, as a drive or walk: a whirl around the block.
12. something that whirls; a whirling mass.
13. a rapid round of events: a whirl of graduation parties.
14. a state marked by dizziness or a dizzying succession of feelings or thoughts: My head is in a whirl.
15. an attempt; trial: He gave the diet a whirl.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse hvirfla to whirl, akin to Old English hwyrflung turning, revolving, hwyrfel circuit; see whorl]
whirl′er, n.

whirl

  • turbine - Came from Latin turbo, "whirl, whirling thing."
  • twirl - May be a blend of twist and whirl.
  • warble - Has the underlying notion of "whirling around"; for sounds, it took on the meaning "whirl of notes; trill."
  • whorl - A variant of whirl, it first meant "small flywheel."

whirl


Past participle: whirled
Gerund: whirling

Imperative
whirl
whirl
Present
I whirl
you whirl
he/she/it whirls
we whirl
you whirl
they whirl
Preterite
I whirled
you whirled
he/she/it whirled
we whirled
you whirled
they whirled
Present Continuous
I am whirling
you are whirling
he/she/it is whirling
we are whirling
you are whirling
they are whirling
Present Perfect
I have whirled
you have whirled
he/she/it has whirled
we have whirled
you have whirled
they have whirled
Past Continuous
I was whirling
you were whirling
he/she/it was whirling
we were whirling
you were whirling
they were whirling
Past Perfect
I had whirled
you had whirled
he/she/it had whirled
we had whirled
you had whirled
they had whirled
Future
I will whirl
you will whirl
he/she/it will whirl
we will whirl
you will whirl
they will whirl
Future Perfect
I will have whirled
you will have whirled
he/she/it will have whirled
we will have whirled
you will have whirled
they will have whirled
Future Continuous
I will be whirling
you will be whirling
he/she/it will be whirling
we will be whirling
you will be whirling
they will be whirling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been whirling
you have been whirling
he/she/it has been whirling
we have been whirling
you have been whirling
they have been whirling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been whirling
you will have been whirling
he/she/it will have been whirling
we will have been whirling
you will have been whirling
they will have been whirling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been whirling
you had been whirling
he/she/it had been whirling
we had been whirling
you had been whirling
they had been whirling
Conditional
I would whirl
you would whirl
he/she/it would whirl
we would whirl
you would whirl
they would whirl
Past Conditional
I would have whirled
you would have whirled
he/she/it would have whirled
we would have whirled
you would have whirled
they would have whirled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whirl - confused movement; "he was caught up in a whirl of work"; "a commotion of people fought for the exits"
motion, movement - a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
2.whirl - the shape of something rotating rapidlywhirl - the shape of something rotating rapidly
round shape - a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
3.whirl - a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
attempt, effort, try, endeavor, endeavour - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"
4.whirl - the act of rotating rapidlywhirl - the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting"
rotary motion, rotation - the act of rotating as if on an axis; "the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music"
pirouette - (ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet)
birling, logrolling - rotating a log rapidly in the water (as a competitive sport)
Verb1.whirl - turn in a twisting or spinning motionwhirl - 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.whirl - cause to spinwhirl - cause to spin; "spin a coin"  
circumvolve, rotate - cause to turn on an axis or center; "Rotate the handle"
3.whirl - 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"
4.whirl - revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
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"
whirligig - whirl or spin like a whirligig
5.whirl - fly aroundwhirl - fly around; "The clothes tumbled in the dryer"; "rising smoke whirled in the air"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"

whirl

verb
1. spin, turn, circle, wheel, twist, reel, rotate, pivot, twirl Hearing a sound behind her, she whirled round.
2. rotate, roll, twist, revolve, swirl, twirl, gyrate, pirouette The smoke whirled and grew into a monstrous column.
3. feel dizzy, swim, spin, reel, go round My head whirled in a giddiness like that of intoxication.
noun
1. revolution, turn, roll, circle, wheel, spin, twist, reel, swirl, rotation, twirl, pirouette, gyration, birl (Scot.) the whirl of snowflakes in the wind
2. bustle, round, series, succession, flurry, merry-go-round Her life is one long whirl of parties.
3. confusion, daze, dither (chiefly Brit.), giddiness My thoughts are in a complete whirl.
4. tumult, spin, stir, agitation, commotion, hurly-burly I was caught up in a terrible whirl of emotion.
give something a whirl (Informal) attempt, try, have a go at (informal), have a crack at (informal), have a shot at (informal), have a stab at (informal), have a bash at, have a whack at (informal) Why not give acupuncture a whirl?

whirl

verb
1. To rotate rapidly:
2. To move or cause to move like a rapid rotary current of liquid:
3. To have the sensation of turning in circles:
noun
1. Circular movement around a point or about an axis:
2. Agitated, excited movement and activity:
3. Informal. A trip in a motor vehicle:
Informal: spin.
4. Informal. A brief trial:
Informal: fling, shot, whack.
Translations
دَوَران سَريعدَوَران، في دَوّامَهيُدَوِّم، يَلُف، يَدور كالدَّوّامَه
hvirvlesnurresnurren
iîa; svimisnarsnúa ; òyrla ; òeytasnarsnúningur
staigus apsisukimasstaigus apsukimassūkurysviesulas
grieztgrieztiesjūklissagrieztsavērpt
vrtinčiti se
baş dönmesifırıl fırıl dön mefırıl fırıl dön mekhay huykoşuşma

whirl

[wɜːl]
A. N (= spin) → giro m, vuelta f; [of dust, water etc] → remolino m; [of cream] → rizo m
my head is in a whirlla cabeza me está dando vueltas
the social whirlla actividad social
a whirl of pleasuresun torbellino de placeres
let's give it a whirl¡nada se pierde con intentar!
B. VT
1. (= spin) → hacer girar
he whirled Anne round the dance floorhizo girar a Anne por la pista
as the wind whirled leaves into the airmientras el aire hacia revolotear or girar las hojas en el aire
he whirled his sword round his headesgrimió su espada haciéndola girar sobre su cabeza
2. (fig) (= transport) → llevar rápidamente
the train whirled us off to Parisel tren nos llevó rápidamente a París
he whirled us off to the theatrenos llevó volando al teatro
C. VI [wheel, merry-go-round] → girar; [leaves, dust, water] → arremolinarse (fig) (= move quickly) the dancers whirled pastlos bailarines pasaron girando vertiginosamente
my head was whirlingme daba vueltas la cabeza
whirl round
A. VI + ADV [wheel, merry-go-round] → girar, dar vueltas; [dust, water] → arremolinarse
she whirled round to face mese volvió rápidamente para mirarme
B. VT + ADVhacer girar
he was whirling something round on the end of a stringhacía girar algo al extremo de un hilo
C. VT + PREP
see whirl B1

whirl

hwɜːrl]
ntourbillon m
(= exciting, active time) a whirl of activity → une débauche d'activité
a social whirl → un tourbillon de mondanités
my mind is in a whirl → la tête me tourne
to give sth a whirl (= try) → essayer qch
vt [+ person] → faire tournoyer; [+ snow, dust] → faire tourbillonner
vi
(= swirl) [snow, dust] → tourbillonner
whirling snow → de la neige tourbillonnante
(= rotate quickly) [blades, arms] → tournoyer
whirl around
vi [person] → faire volte-face; [dancer] → tournoyer
He whirled around and ran back down the street → Il fit volte-face et redescendit la rue au pas de course.
vt sep [+ person] → faire tourner

whirl

n (= spin)Wirbeln nt no pl; (of dust, water etc, also fig) → Wirbel m; (of cream etc)Tupfer m; to give something a whirl (lit)etw herumwirbeln; (fig inf: = try out) → etw ausprobieren; the social whirlder Trubel des gesellschaftlichen Lebens; my head is in a whirlmir schwirrt der Kopf
vt
(= make turn)wirbeln; to whirl somebody/something roundjdn/etw herumwirbeln; he whirled his hat round his header schwenkte seinen Hut; he whirled the water around with his sticker rührte mit seinem Stock im Wasser herum
(transport) → eilends wegbringen; (person) → mit sich nehmen, entführen (inf)
vi (= spin)wirbeln; (water)strudeln; to whirl (a)roundherumwirbeln; (water) → strudeln; (person: = turn round quickly) → herumfahren; my head is whirlingmir schwirrt der Kopf; after a few drinks the room started whirlingnach ein paar Gläsern fing der Raum an, sich zu drehen; they/the countryside whirled past ussie wirbelten/die Landschaft flog an uns vorbei

whirl

[wɜːl]
1. n (spin) → vortice m, turbinio; (of dust, water) → turbine m; (of cream) → ricciolo
my head is in a whirl → mi gira la testa
the social whirl → il vortice della vita mondana
let's give it a whirl (fam) → facciamo un tentativo
2. vt (also whirl round) (dance partner) → far roteare, far volteggiare
the wind whirled the leaves → il vento ha sollevato le foglie in un vortice
he whirled us round the town → ci ha fatto visitare la città a tutta velocità or in un baleno
he whirled us off to the theatre → ci trascinò con sé al teatro
3. vi (also whirl round) (wheel, merry-go-round) → girare; (dancers) → volteggiare; (leaves, dust) → sollevarsi in un vortice
the countryside whirled past us → la campagna sfrecciava accanto a noi
the dancers whirled past us → i danzatori passarono accanto a noi volteggiando
my head was whirling → mi girava la testa

whirl

(wəːl) verb
to move rapidly (round, away etc). She whirled round when I called her name; The wind whirled my hat away before I could grab it.
noun
1. an excited confusion. a whirl of activity; My head's in a whirl – I can't believe it's all happening!
2. a rapid turn.
ˈwhirlpool noun
a circular current in a river or sea, caused by opposing tides, winds or currents.
ˈwhirlwind noun
a violent circular current of wind with a whirling motion.
References in classic literature ?
With his brain in a whirl he went down into the pulpit and preached a long sermon without once thinking of his gestures or his voice.
He chatted for a moment with the officer, and then, bidding him good-night, walked on to his home, his mind in a whirl with conglomerate visions of buried cities, great grinning idols of gold, and rival professors seeking to be first at the goal.
Uncas"--he spoke in Delaware - - "Uncas, drop down in the canoe, and whirl a brand among the pack; or fear may do what the wolves can't get at to perform, and leave us without horses in the morning, when we shall have so much need to journey swiftly
Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plungings of the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at last amid the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and there's naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth, Jonah's prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning down to sleep.
There was a breaking of floodgates, a whirl of new memories and new griefs rushing into his mind.
Too proud to supplicate or seek explanation, he threw himself at once into a whirl of fashionable society, and in a fortnight from the time of the fatal letter was the accepted lover of the reigning belle of the season; and as soon as arrangements could be made, he became the husband of a fine figure, a pair of bright dark eyes, and a hundred thousand dollars; and, of course, everybody thought him a happy fellow.
A successful whirl in the knight-errantry line -- now what is it when you blow away the non- sense and come down to the cold facts?
At the end of an hour my head was in a perfect whirl and I was dead tired, fagged out.
if you happened to touch her, when she warn't noticing, she done the same; she couldn't face noway and be satisfied, because she allowed there was something behind her every time -- so she was always a-whirling around sudden, and saying "ouch," and before she'd got two-thirds around she'd whirl back again, and say it again; and she was afraid to go to bed, but she dasn't set up.
Gardner's employ- ment, I was kept in such a perpetual whirl of ex- citement, I could think of nothing, scarcely, but my life; and in thinking of my life, I almost forgot my liberty.
But I tell you--and you may mark my words--you will come some day to a craggy pass in the channel, where the whole of life's stream will be broken up into whirl and tumult, foam and noise: either you will be dashed to atoms on crag points, or lifted up and borne on by some master-wave into a calmer current- -as I am now.
A sorrowful sight I saw: dark night coming down prematurely, and sky and hills mingled in one bitter whirl of wind and suffocating snow.