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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of skirl.


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  • The flame was carried off the plane in a miner's lantern by Gregor Robertson, mayor of Vancouver: the Host City of the Games, as the stirring skirls of a solo bagpiper filled the early morning air.

    Finding "Truth" a challenge, VANOC opts for fantasy

  • Ai finkso, it must be hard to do greshun turns and skwirly whirls and scottish skirls in a queeny gown.

    Boss cat is giving you - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • “But she threeps to keep on a black fause-face, and skirls if we offer to take it away.”

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • And again when the high, bittersweet skirls of an NYPD piper's "Danny Boy" blew off the headstones and frozen ground.

    Step on a Crack

  • Naturally enough, this led to the bagpipes, with which he skirls _piobaireachd_ Scots tunes.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • What I see, through different sensors, is the X-radiation; what I snuff is a sharp breath of neutrinos mingled with the gale that streams from the other; I swim in an intricate interplay of force-fields, balancing, thrusting, while they caress me; I listen to the skirls and drones, the murmurs and melodies of a universe.


  • There was a layer of blue smoke above their heads that broke into skirls as various individuals left one group to join another.

    The Fourth R

  • The war hymn is sheer rowdyism; the great broad melody which forms part of the prayer, and on which the introduction of the overture is based, stands out from a weltering sea of orchestral bangs, noises and screams and skirls of the strings.

    Richard Wagner

  • "I heard the voice of that lad Andrew Lammie; can the chield be drowning, that he skirls sae uncannilie?" said the old woman, seating herself on the ground, and looking earnestly at the water.

    Stories of Mystery

  • It went on and on and on, never faltering, never pausing, in soft trills and gay roulades, shrill skirls or flute-like warblings, a continuous outpour, for I don't know how many minutes.

    The Lady Paramount


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  • It rained, continuously, cold skirls blown and dashed by an icy wind. Brollies dislocated. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 23, 2012