whirler


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whirler - a dervish whose actions include ecstatic dancing and whirling
dervish - an ascetic Muslim monk; a member of an order noted for devotional exercises involving bodily movements
2.whirler - a revolving mechanism
mechanism - device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
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Has Ali Salman, a renowned whirler and twirler and darling of the odd diplomatic set, got all the boys dancing with the fairies and seeing conspiracies behind every palm tree?