Whirl - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |wɜːrl|  American pronunciation of the word whirl
Brit.  |wəːl|  British pronunciation of the word whirl
- confused movement (syn: commotion)
- the shape of something rotating rapidly (syn: convolution, swirl, vortex)
- a usually brief attempt (syn: crack, fling, go, offer, pass)
- the act of rotating rapidly (syn: spin, twirl, twist, twisting)
- turn in a twisting or spinning motion (syn: swirl, twiddle, twirl)
- cause to spin (syn: spin, twirl)
- flow in a circular current, of liquids (syn: eddy, purl, swirl, whirlpool)
- revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis (syn: gyrate, reel, spin)
- fly around (syn: tumble)

Examples

The cars were whirling around the track.

Clothes were whirling in the washing machine.

The water whirled around the drain.

Her dance partner whirled her around.

My head was in a whirl.

...the whirl of the mechanical ride made him dizzy...

The beautiful landscapes through which the train whirled.

I could have had a whirl at law and politics.

His head was in a complete whirl.

We watched the seagulls whirling and shrieking over the harbour.

She whirled around and her look shook him.

He whirled her round in his arms.

His head was whirling with excitement.

The implications began to whirl around her head.

The next two days passed in a whirl of activity.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: whirl
he/she/it: whirls
present participle: whirling
past tense: whirled
past participle: whirled
noun
singular: whirl
plural: whirls
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