American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A form that coils or spirals; a curl or swirl: spread the icing in peaks and whorls.
- n. Botany An arrangement of three or more leaves, petals, or other organs radiating from a single node.
- n. Zoology A single turn or volution of a spiral shell.
- n. One of the circular ridges or convolutions of a fingerprint.
- n. Architecture An ornamental device, as in stonework or weaving, consisting of stylized vine leaves and tendrils.
- n. A small flywheel that regulates the speed of a spinning wheel.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In archaeology, one of certain round objects, sometimes slightly cup-shaped, which are frequently found in excavations. They usually carry marks or inscriptions, and are probably votive offerings. Dr. Schliemann found many thousand terra-cotta whorls in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth cities at Hissarlik. They have been found in Italy, Crete, and elsewhere.
- n. In botany, a ring of organs all from the same node; a verticil. Every complete flower is externally formed of two whorls of leaves, constituting the floral envelop, or perianth; and internally of two or more other whorls of organs, constituting the organs of fructification. The term whorl by itself is generally applied to a circle of radiating leaves—an arrangement of more than two leaves around a common center, upon the same plane with one another. Also
whirl. See cuts under Lavandula, Paris, and Veronica.
- n. In conchology, one of the turns of a spiral shell; a volution; a gyre. The last whorl, opposite the apex or nucleus, and including the aperture of the shell, is commonly distinguished as the body-whorl. See
spire, n., 2 (with cut), and cuts under univalve, Pleurotomaria, and Scalaria. Also whirl.
- n. In anatomy:
- n. A volution or turn of the spiral cochlea of man or any mammal. See cut under ear.
- n. A scroll or turn of a turbinate bone, as the ethmoturbinal or maxilloturbinal. See cut under nasal.
- n. The fly of a spindle, generally made of wood, sometimes of hard stone, etc. Also thworl and pixy-wheel.
- n. A pattern of concentric circles.
- n. botany A circle of three or more leaves, flowers, or other organs, about the same part or joint of a stem.
- n. zoology A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve shell.
- n. archaic A flywheel, a weight attached to a spindle, compare 1460.
- v. intransitive To form a pattern of concentric circles.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A circle of two or more leaves, flowers, or other organs, about the same part or joint of a stem.
- n. (Zoöl.) A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve shell.
- n. (Spinning) The fly of a spindle.
- n. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
- n. a strand or cluster of hair
- n. a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops
- Middle English whorle, alteration of whirle, whirl, from whirlen, to whirl; see whirl. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Lift up the two loops of the double-drive belt and put one loop over a bobbin whorl, and one loop over a flyer whorl.”
“There are many differences between their shells, but the most significant and the easily noticeable is the width of the body whorl, which is much larger relative to the width of the preceding whorl in H. aspersa than it is in E. vermiculata.”
“Figure 305, although showing an appendage upon each recurve on the left side, is classified as a whorl of the central pocket loop type, with two deltas and a recurve in front of each.”
“As it has but one delta, it cannot be classified as a whorl of the double loop type nor as a loop since it would be difficult to make a preferential choice between the two looping ridges.”
“It cannot be classified as a whorl of the double loop type because the formation above the lower loop is too pointed and it also has an appendage abutting upon it at a right angle.”
“It cannot be classified as a whorl as the only recurve is spoiled by the appendage abutting upon it at the point of contact with the line of flow.”
“If the opposite finger were a whorl this would be classified as a whorl, and with the same tracing.”
“Figure 301 is classified as a whorl of the double loop type.”
“Then comes the last whorl, which is much too wide for a single row of cells; and here we once more find, exactly as in a wide reed, a costly profusion of masonry, an irregular arrangement of the cells and a mixture of the sexes.”
“The papillary apex is simply the single nuclear whorl, which is rather larger than usual.”
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