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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 ?
Of course, if you make a howling mistake," Collins told them, "that's when you all pull the wires like mad and poke the leader and whirl him around.
Maybe there was a murmur in the village streets, a novel and dominant topic in the public-houses, and here and there a messenger, or even an eye-witness of the later occurrences, caused a whirl of excitement, a shouting, and a running to and fro; but for the most part the daily routine of working, eating, drinking, sleeping, went on as it had done for count- less years--as though no planet Mars existed in the sky.
Or unto eagles like which fixedly, Long adown the precipice look, Adown THEIR precipice:-- Oh, how they whirl down now, Thereunder, therein, To ever deeper profoundness whirling
Among frontiersmen it has always been a test of endurance for one man to whirl another down; and when Ben Davis, the faro-dealer, a gaudy bandanna on his arm, got Daylight in a Virginia reel, the fun began.
No sooner had the Son promised than he received a stinging blow from the paternal walking-stick, and by the time he had counted to seventy-five had the unhappiness to see the old man jump into a waiting cab and whirl away.
1-17) Ares, exceeding in strength, chariot-rider, golden- helmed, doughty in heart, shield-bearer, Saviour of cities, harnessed in bronze, strong of arm, unwearying, mighty with the spear, O defence of Olympus, father of warlike Victory, ally of Themis, stern governor of the rebellious, leader of righteous men, sceptred King of manliness, who whirl your fiery sphere among the planets in their sevenfold courses through the aether wherein your blazing steeds ever bear you above the third firmament of heaven; hear me, helper of men, giver of dauntless youth
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?
And, moreover, when you come right down to the bedrock, knight-errantry is WORSE than pork; for whatever happens, the pork's left, and so somebody's benefited anyway; but when the market breaks, in a knight-errantry whirl, and every knight in the pool passes in his checks, what have you got for assets?
When she snarled her displeasure, the old leader would whirl on the three-year-old.
The Lady Moon is my lover, My friends are the oceans four, The heavens have roofed me over, And the dawn is my golden door I would liefer follow the condor Or the seagull, soaring from ken, Than bury my godhead yonder In the dust of the whirl of men.
The loose coils rapidly straightened out in a long dragging line astern, and then, instantly, the reel began to whirl.
After the first few whirls around, and one other time when the house tipped badly, she felt as if she were being rocked gently, like a baby in a cradle.