(ə-wûrl′, -hwûrl′)
1. Having a whirling motion; spinning: leaves awhirl in the wind.
2. Suggestive of a whirling motion, as in being excited or confused: "All we could do was just stand there, our minds awhirl with the fluky wonder of it all" (David Mazel).

a·whirl′ adv.
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in a whirling, confused state
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(əˈʰwɜrl, əˈwɜrl)

rotating rapidly; spinning.
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Like a water-wheel awhirl, Like the rolling of a pearl; Yet these but illustrate, To fools, the final state.
As Paris anticipates the one-hundredth anniversary of the French Revolution and the upcoming World's Fair, the city is awhirl in excitement, secrets, and mysteries.
Laura Marcano, her assistant, was awhirl with activity, washing dishes, refilling a tray of small glasses, and updating Benmaman on last-minute seating rearrangements.
When the imagination is active and creative, it naturally sets our social and personal lives awhirl; when brute substance and our sensory life has its sway, our social and personal lives become an inhumane routine.
Around midday an old love may try to get back into your life or a dynamite new admirer will set your heart awhirl. A relationship based purely on physical attraction will burn out quickly.
In The Turin Horse, a fierce, incessant wind shrieks across the steppe, awhirl with dust and detritus, battering the house and barn where father and daughter exist in a kind of medieval perpetuity.
Television-bound children, their eyes awhirl with images of Tony the Tiger and his high-fructose friends, haunt the debate about junk-food advertising.
They''ve just finished spending twelve million quid Improving the ole'' girl, So you should take a leaf out of Yoko''s book And give John Lennon awhirl.
The student, who has been caught in awhirl ofTVpromotion, is now set for a triumphant homecoming as he tries to push his single The Climb to number one.
I have spent hours of my life perusing the pages of sites like Freshpair, HisRoom, and International Male (now Undergear), head awhirl with images of plump, firmly coddled groins molded delectably in elasticized fabrics at once subtly and startlingly hued, patterned and expertly textured to appeal to-what else?-the tongue.
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cried the other guy in pure jubilance, the one in tie-dye everything: T-shirt and jacket and headband awhirl in blues and reds, what we could see from the road anyway.