from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To revolve rapidly about a center or an axis. See Synonyms at turn.
- intransitive v. To rotate or spin rapidly: The dancer whirled across the stage.
- intransitive v. To turn rapidly, changing direction; wheel: She whirled around to face him.
- intransitive v. To have the sensation of spinning; reel: My head is whirling with data.
- intransitive v. To move circularly and rapidly in varied, random directions: The wind whirled across the steppes.
- transitive v. To cause to rotate or turn rapidly: whirl a baton.
- transitive v. To move or drive in a circular or curving course.
- transitive v. To drive at high speed: whirled the motorcycle around the corner.
- transitive v. Obsolete To hurl.
- n. The act of rotating or revolving rapidly.
- n. Something, such as a cloud of dust, that whirls or is whirled.
- n. A state of confusion; tumult.
- n. A swift succession or round of events: the social whirl.
- n. A state of mental confusion or giddiness; dizziness: My head is in a whirl.
- n. Informal A short trip or ride.
- n. Informal A brief or experimental try: Let's give the plan a whirl.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To rotate, revolve, spin or turn rapidly.
- v. To have a sensation of spinning or reeling.
- v. To make something or someone whirl.
- n. An act of whirling.
- n. Something that whirls.
- n. A confused tumult.
- n. A rapid series of events
- n. Dizziness or giddiness.
- n. A brief experiment or trial.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity; to make to revolve.
- transitive v. To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch; to harry.
- intransitive v. To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to revolve or rotate with great speed; to gyrate.
- intransitive v. To move hastily or swiftly.
- n. A turning with rapidity or velocity; rapid rotation or circumvolution; quick gyration; rapid or confusing motion.
- n. Anything that moves with a whirling motion.
- n. A revolving hook used in twisting, as the hooked spindle of a rope machine, to which the threads to be twisted are attached.
- n. A whorl. See Whorl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In angling, a spoon-bait.
- To swing or turn rapidly round; rotate, or cause to revolve rapidly.
- To cast with a twirling or twisting motion; throw with a rapid whirl.
- To carry swiftly away with or as if with a revolving or wheeling motion.
- Synonyms To twirl, spin, revolve, rotate.
- To turn rapidly; move round with velocity; revolve or rotate swiftly.
- To pass or move with a rapid whirling motion, or as if on wheels.
- n. The whorl of a spindle.
- n. A reel or hook used in rope-making for twisting strands of hemp or gut.
- n. A rope-winch.
- n. In botany and conchology See whorl.
- n. A rapid circling motion or movement, as that of a revolving body; rapid rotation, gyration, or circumvolution: literally and figuratively: as, the whirl of a top or of a wheel; the whirls of fancy.
- n. Something that whirls, or moves with a rapid circling motion; the circling eddy of a whirlpool, a whirlwind, or the like.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. turn in a twisting or spinning motion
- n. the act of rotating rapidly
- v. fly around
- v. flow in a circular current, of liquids
- v. revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
- n. a usually brief attempt
- n. confused movement
- n. the shape of something rotating rapidly
- v. cause to spin
Middle English whirlen, probably from Old Norse hvirfla.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old Norse: hvirfla ("to go round, spin"). Cognate to Albanian vorbull ("a whirl"). Related to whirr. (Wiktionary)