Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Moving with a swirling or whirling motion.

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  • adverb In a swirl

Etymologies

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a- +‎ swirl

Examples

  • Old-fashioned TV-in-the-morning viewers may have first caught this, along with transfixing video of a boat aswirl in a whirlpool, on the Weather Channel, anticipating their Local on the 8s.

    TV review: Shocking footage from Japan, amplified by cable news

  • With "Missing on Superstition Mountain" Holt, 262 pages, $15.99 , she moves to the open country of the American West in a story that pits four intrepid children against the inchoate power of a mountain aswirl with rumor, myth, history and the names of the dead and disappeared.

    When Learning Is A Dangerous Thing

  • With "Missing on Superstition Mountain" Holt, 262 pages, $15.99 , she moves to the open country of the American West in a story that pits four intrepid children against the inchoate power of a mountain aswirl with rumor, myth, history and the names of the dead and disappeared.

    When Learning Is A Dangerous Thing

  • Serve the chilled soup with croutons, chopped chives and/or aswirl of crème fraîche.

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's chilled soup recipes

  • We are aswirl in a delirious dance of motion, emotion, an exhilarating carnival ride of heady smells and riotous color.

    Donna Henes: Spring Fever!

  • The news, blogosphere, Google Trends and Twitter are all aswirl with alternating rants and calls for reason about the small Florida church that threatened to burn Korans on 9/11 (and then backed down).

    Story pick: Beyond 9/11

  • Instead of Stone Age camps aswirl in magic and taboo and scented smoke from mesquite lodge fires, she found herself sitting on taffeta chairs in drawing rooms on the outer margins of the Industrial Revolution, being interrogated by polite uncomprehending white men who believed in a single God and in a supremely rational universe where everything could be explained.

    EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON

  • From number to number, favorites with fringes aswirl, sequins, marabou, and spandex emerge, and fade, to be replaced by new favorites.

    Regina Weinreich: Jazz Baroness on HBO/ Burn the Floor on Broadway

  • With the Polaroid glasses off, the screen is huge, far away and all aswirl with fuzzy pictures.

    'Gomorrah': A Sinfully Fine Crime Epic

  • Dust-devils aswirl with ideological manure get blown in our faces until we can't see the bare truth of our circumstances.

    BUSH AIN'T NO "COWBOY": Why the Wrong Word Promotes Extreme Inequality

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