Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move with a twisting or whirling motion; eddy.
  • intransitive v. To be dizzy or disoriented.
  • intransitive v. To be arranged in a spiral, whorl, or twist.
  • transitive v. To cause to move with a twisting or whirling motion. See Synonyms at turn.
  • transitive v. To form into or arrange in a spiral, whorl, or twist.
  • n. A whirling or eddying motion or mass: a swirl of white water.
  • n. Something, such as a curl of hair, that coils, twists, or whirls.
  • n. Whirling confusion or disorder: "high-pressure farce built around the swirl of mistaken identitiesā€ ( Jay Carr).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a whirling eddy
  • n. a twist or coil of something
  • v. To twist or whirl, as an eddy
  • v. To be arranged in a twist, spiral or whorl

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A whirling motion; an eddy, as of water; a whirl.
  • v. To whirl, or cause to whirl, as in an eddy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form eddies; whirl in eddies; have a whirling motion; whirl about.
  • To give a whirling motion to.
  • n. A whirling motion; an eddy, as of water; gyration; whirl.
  • n. Hence Specifically, in angling, the rush of a fish through the water when it rises to a fly.
  • n. A twist or convolution, as in the grain of wood; a curl; a spot marked by swirling.
  • n. Same as swire, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. turn in a twisting or spinning motion
  • v. flow in a circular current, of liquids
  • n. the shape of something rotating rapidly

Etymologies

Middle English swyrl, eddy, probably of Low German or Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • In all my years, I never..., what was that?

    A counter-clockwise swirl!

    August 27, 2007

  • This word goes best with "fudge" in front of it.

    February 13, 2007