Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To quiver; to vibrate; to veer about.
  • intransitive v. To make a ratting or clattering sound by twirling or shaking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To quiver; vibrate; thrill; hence, to change or veer about, as the wind.
  • To produce a rattling or whirring; make a clatter, as by shaking or twirling something.
  • To twirl; whirl or twist.
  • To strip or pluck off quickly.
  • To strip of something; uncover; unroof; divest, as of covering or raiment.
  • n. A twirl or whirl; a vibration, or something vibrating or whirling.
  • n. A turn; a try.
  • n. A substitute for a trundle-wheel or lantern-wheel in a mill.

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Examples

  • Comrades, we can defeat the war criminals and take back your country without destroying a young tirl who didn't get to choosewho would be hermother.

    Printing: What Does a Tough Progressive Media Site Look Like?

  • "Ah, Gwendolyn, while it may be true that -everyday existence" is the tirl of dull, repetitive activities that you infer, it's just one layer of a many-layered cake; and if it seems an exercise in pointless mediocrity, maybe that's only because most who live it are too narrowly focused to perceive its underlying kaleidoscopic density.

    Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

  • It was not, as on the former occasions, what is called a tirl.

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume XXIII

  • So perhaps thought our couple; but their thoughts belied them, for just again, as the dawn broke over the tops of the high houses, the well-known tirl was heard at the door.

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume XXIII

  • One morning when they were in bed -- for even yet, while they concealed their thoughts from each other, and the name of Jenny Dodds was a condemned word in their vocabulary, even as the sacred name among the Romans, they had evinced no spoken enmity to each other -- they heard a tirl at the door.

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume XXIII

  • All was quiet as pussie, -- so I shot them through the hole at the corner made for letting the gaislings in by; and giving a tirl, cried softly through, "Halloa, Mounseer, there's your suppera fora youa; for I dara saya you are yauppa."

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith

  • Were we to go near these lads of the laird's belt, your letter would do you little good, and my pack would do me muckle black ill; they would tirl every steek of claithes from our back, fling us into a moss-hag with a stone at our heels, naked as the hour that brought us into this cumbered and sinful world, and neither Murray nor any other man ever the wiser.

    The Monastery

  • Were we to go near these lads of the laird’s belt, your letter would do you little good, and my pack would do me muckle black ill; they would tirl every steek of claithes from our back, fling us into a moss-hag with

    The Monastery

  • Edinburgh) tells me of a cat his family had in the country, that used regularly to "_tirl at the pin_" of the back door when it wished to get in to the house.

    Heads and Tales : or, Anecdotes and Stories of Quadrupeds and Other Beasts, Chiefly Connected with Incidents in the Histories of More or Less Distinguished Men.

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