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whorl

one of the ridges of a fingerprint; a coil or curl: whorls of frost on a window
Not to be confused with:
whirl – rotate or spin rapidly: The blades of the windmill whirl in the breeze.
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whorl
whorls of leaves

whorl

 (wôrl, hwôrl, wûrl, hwûrl)
n.
1. A form that coils or spirals; a curl or swirl: spread the icing in peaks and whorls.
2. Botany An arrangement of three or more leaves, petals, or other organs arising from a single node.
3. Zoology A single turn or volution of a spiral shell.
4. One of the circular ridges or convolutions of a fingerprint.
5.
a. A small pulley that regulates the speed of the bobbin of a spinning wheel.
b. A small flywheel that regulates the speed of a hand-operated spindle.

[Middle English whorle, alteration of whirle, whirl, from whirlen, to whirl; see whirl.]

whorl

(wɜːl)
n
1. (Botany) botany a radial arrangement of three or more petals, stamens, leaves, etc, around a stem
2. (Zoology) zoology a single turn in a spiral shell
3. (Anatomy) one of the basic patterns of the human fingerprint, formed by several complete circular ridges one inside another. Compare arch14b, loop110a
4. anything shaped like a coil
[C15: probably variant of wherville whirl, influenced by Dutch worvel]
whorled adj

whorl

(ʰwɜrl, ʰwɔrl, wɜrl, wɔrl)

n.
1. a circular arrangement of like parts, as leaves or flowers, around a point on an axis; verticil.
2. one of the turns or volutions of a spiral shell.
3. anything shaped like a coil.
4. one of the central ridges of a fingerprint that form at least one complete circle.
5. a flywheel or pulley, as for a spindle.
[1425–75; whorle, whorvil, wharwyl, Old English hwyrfel=hweorfa whorl of a spindle]

whorl

- A variant of whirl, it first meant "small flywheel."
See also related terms for whirl.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whorl - a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)whorl - a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
corolla - (botany) the whorl of petals of a flower that collectively form an inner floral envelope or layer of the perianth; "we cultivate the flower for its corolla"
calyx - (botany) the whorl of sepals of a flower collectively forming the outer floral envelope or layer of the perianth enclosing and supporting the developing bud; usually green
round shape - a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
verticil - a whorl of leaves growing around a stem
2.whorl - a strand or cluster of hairwhorl - a strand or cluster of hair    
hair - a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss; "he combed his hair"; "each hair consists of layers of dead keratinized cells"
coif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle - the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)
sausage curl - a fat sausage-shaped curl
forelock - a lock of hair growing (or falling) over the forehead
crimp - a lock of hair that has been artificially waved or curled
dreadlock - one of many long thin braids of hair radiating from the scalp; popularized by Rastafarians
3.whorl - a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loopswhorl - a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; "a coil of rope"
hank - a coil of rope or wool or yarn
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

whorl

noun swirl, spiral, coil, twist, vortex, helix, corkscrew The plant has dense whorls of red-purple flowers.
Translations

whorl

[wɜːl] N [of shell] → espira f; [of fingerprint] → espiral m (Bot) → verticilo m

whorl

hwɜːrl] n (literary)volute f

whorl

nKringel m; (of shell)(Spiral)windung f; (Bot) → Quirl m, → Wirtel m; (of fingerprint)Wirbel m

whorl

[wɜːl] n (of shell) → voluta

whorl

n. espiral.
1. disposición de fibras en forma esférica, esp. las fibras cardíacas;
2. tipo de huella digital.
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When it comes to Ethan's own story, the strokes are more surrealistic, even imprecise, whorling around concepts like grief and vengeance without landing anywhere concrete.
ISGEO defined PACS, PAC, and PACG as follows: (1) PACS shows appositional contact between the peripheral iris and posterior trabecular meshwork; (2) PAC shows an occluded drainage angle and shows features indicating that trabecular obstruction by the peripheral iris has occurred in the eye, such as peripheral anterior synechiae, elevated IOP, iris whorling (distortion of the radially orientated iris fibers), glaucomfleken lens opacities, or excessive pigment deposition on the trabecular surface.
However, its dense lymphoid aggregates with prominent germinal centers and lack of whorling fibrosis distinguish it from EAF.
As you swirled the images around, they split and fractured into whorling abstractions.
Squamoid morules (also known as spindle cell metaplasia) are a syncytium of bland meningothelial-like nonkeratinizing spindle cells with a whorling pattern (Figure 1(d)).
The key to diagnosis is the histologic identification of spindled cells with a whorling pattern.
Histopathological examination (Figure 2) revealed unencapsulated tumor composed of tumor cells arranged in lobules, nests, and sheets with focal whorling pattern in subepithelium.
Some tumor cell nests appeared to be comprised entirely of cells with a basaloid phenotype and a suggestion of peripheral palisading, while other nests appeared somewhat morphologically biphenotypic with slightly smaller and darker peripheral myoepithelial-like cells as well as a second population of central cells with more abundant and eosinophilic cytoplasm and a tendency toward spindling or whorling (Figure 3).
Multiple sections from the broad ligament mass showed a benign soft tissue tumour composed of spindle cells arranged in interlacing bundles, sheets and whorling pattern.
Though it's stationary, "Black and Red Spiral" achieves a whorling effect, not a simple feat with a dense medium like wood.
These cells were forming prominent whorling in some areas.