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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move with or make a rushing sound.
  • intransitive v. To flow or swirl copiously.
  • transitive v. To cause to move with or make a rushing or swirling sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move with a rushing or swirling sound
  • n. A swooshing movement or sound
  • n. A pattern or logo suggesting a swooshing movement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the noise produced by the sudden rush of a fluid (a gas or liquid)
  • v. move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound


(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From imitation of the sound (Wiktionary)



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  • That's an excellent word!

    December 6, 2006