from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause (a floating log) to spin rapidly by rotating with the feet.
- intransitive v. To participate in birling.
- intransitive v. To spin.
- n. A whirring noise; a hum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To spin.
- v. To cause a floating log to rotate by treading on it.
- v. Alternative form of birle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To revolve or cause to revolve; to spin.
- v. To pour (beer or wine); to ply with drink; to drink; to carouse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pour out (wine, etc.) for.
- To supply or ply with drink.
- To drink in company;carouse.
- To move or rotate rapidly; make a noise like that made by wheels moving rapidly over stones or gravel.
- To cause to rotate; twirl or spin (as a coin) in the air or on a table, as in pitch-and-toss; hence, to toss out (a coin or coins) on the table as one's contribution; contribute as one's share in paying for drinks: as, “I'll birl my bawbee,”
- In lumbering, to cause a floating log to rotate rapidly by treading upon it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause a floating log to rotate by treading
- v. cause to spin
Blend of birr1 and whirl.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See birle. (Wiktionary)