from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a whirling motion; spinning: leaves awhirl in the wind.
- adj. Being in a condition suggestive of a whirl, such as a state of excited activity or confusion: "All we could do was just stand there, our minds awhirl with the fluky wonder of it all” ( David Mazel).
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- adj. whirling
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a whirl; whirling.
Dick Stephenson made no further protests, his brain awhirl as he raced to the stables.
These are handmade in Austria from a single piece of knot-free wood you'll pass them on to your kids, and are as beautiful at rest as they are awhirl.
If you are deeply disturbed by the sinister implications, both corporate and gustatory, imagine my shock as I reeled out of the supermarket, my mind awhirl with the grisliest of possibilities, only to come upon this terrible scene at the docks, mere minutes away (click to enlarge):
Rising to see what the commotion was about - having, for reasons of his own, dismissed all his servants for the night - Wilde was confronted by several men dressed as clowns who shouted fragmented lines from Lear's A Book of Nonsense at him, enclosed him in a circle and danced around him until his mind, so he himself says, had been set awhirl with chaos.
He took another sip of (by now cooling) coffee and continued reading, though his mind wasn't in it: his head was awhirl with images of Lucy, and he kept returning to the night before, to the words they spoke to each other, to their kiss like a seal of the future ...
Or a syndication of gut awhirl in a shell of mother-of-pearl.
His mind was already awhirl with ways to bypass the pacifistic Thrall and the crotchety old Cairne and get the Horde what it needed.
She rested her chin on her hand and stared out the window, her mind awhirl.
His mind awhirl, Scott wandered through the laboratory and climbed to his old haunt on the rooftop.
A darkling plain curved visibly away to a horizon that, at man-height, was a bare three kilometers distant; higher up in the cabin, you could see farther, but that only sharpened the sense of being on a minute ball awhirl among the stars.