from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause (a floating log) to spin rapidly by rotating with the feet.
- intransitive v. To participate in birling.
- intransitive v. To spin.
- n. A whirring noise; a hum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To spin.
- v. To cause a floating log to rotate by treading on it.
- v. Alternative form of birle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To revolve or cause to revolve; to spin.
- v. To pour (beer or wine); to ply with drink; to drink; to carouse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pour out (wine, etc.) for.
- To supply or ply with drink.
- To drink in company;carouse.
- To move or rotate rapidly; make a noise like that made by wheels moving rapidly over stones or gravel.
- To cause to rotate; twirl or spin (as a coin) in the air or on a table, as in pitch-and-toss; hence, to toss out (a coin or coins) on the table as one's contribution; contribute as one's share in paying for drinks: as, “I'll birl my bawbee,”
- In lumbering, to cause a floating log to rotate rapidly by treading upon it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause a floating log to rotate by treading
- v. cause to spin
A compendium of greatest hits, plus a poetic "birl" (spin) from Seamus Heaney, it seems to be modelled on the Burns night, with O'Hagan, a lively novelist and cultural commentator, playing MC.
He gave a slow birl, checking the effect in the hall mirror.
Joanne walked toward him, a mohair stole draped over her shoulders, and did a quick birl for his benefit.
June 18, 2010 at 10:04 am that is so cute! a silmular birl walked through the garden doors up into my bedroom last week, it shocked me to death !
Once upon a time in a corn foundry there lived a geautiful birl and her name was Rindercella.
The next day this pransome hince went all over this corn foundry looking for the geautiful birl who had slopped her dripper.
Suddenly with one accord they commenced to birl the log from left to right.
To-night he would birl the bottle with Templandmuir as usual, till the fuddled laird should think himself a fine big fellow as being the intimate of John Gourlay -- and then, sober as a judge himself, he would drive him home in the small hours.
You'll get set straight at Squamish Days, a loggers sports festival that draws competitors who tree fall, axe throw, birl and buck their way to the top.
I'fegs, it's a cozy birth, and ane that gars the cappers birl down.