from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To revolve rapidly about a center or an axis. See Synonyms at turn.
- intransitive v. To rotate or spin rapidly: The dancer whirled across the stage.
- intransitive v. To turn rapidly, changing direction; wheel: She whirled around to face him.
- intransitive v. To have the sensation of spinning; reel: My head is whirling with data.
- intransitive v. To move circularly and rapidly in varied, random directions: The wind whirled across the steppes.
- transitive v. To cause to rotate or turn rapidly: whirl a baton.
- transitive v. To move or drive in a circular or curving course.
- transitive v. To drive at high speed: whirled the motorcycle around the corner.
- transitive v. Obsolete To hurl.
- n. The act of rotating or revolving rapidly.
- n. Something, such as a cloud of dust, that whirls or is whirled.
- n. A state of confusion; tumult.
- n. A swift succession or round of events: the social whirl.
- n. A state of mental confusion or giddiness; dizziness: My head is in a whirl.
- n. Informal A short trip or ride.
- n. Informal A brief or experimental try: Let's give the plan a whirl.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To rotate, revolve, spin or turn rapidly.
- v. To have a sensation of spinning or reeling.
- v. To make something or someone whirl.
- n. An act of whirling.
- n. Something that whirls.
- n. A confused tumult.
- n. A rapid series of events
- n. Dizziness or giddiness.
- n. A brief experiment or trial.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A turning with rapidity or velocity; rapid rotation or circumvolution; quick gyration; rapid or confusing motion.
- n. Anything that moves with a whirling motion.
- n. A revolving hook used in twisting, as the hooked spindle of a rope machine, to which the threads to be twisted are attached.
- n. A whorl. See Whorl.
- intransitive v. To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to revolve or rotate with great speed; to gyrate.
- intransitive v. To move hastily or swiftly.
- transitive v. To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity; to make to revolve.
- transitive v. To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch; to harry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To swing or turn rapidly round; rotate, or cause to revolve rapidly.
- To cast with a twirling or twisting motion; throw with a rapid whirl.
- To carry swiftly away with or as if with a revolving or wheeling motion.
- Synonyms To twirl, spin, revolve, rotate.
- To turn rapidly; move round with velocity; revolve or rotate swiftly.
- To pass or move with a rapid whirling motion, or as if on wheels.
- n. In angling, a spoon-bait.
- n. The whorl of a spindle.
- n. A reel or hook used in rope-making for twisting strands of hemp or gut.
- n. A rope-winch.
- n. In botany and conchology See whorl.
- n. A rapid circling motion or movement, as that of a revolving body; rapid rotation, gyration, or circumvolution: literally and figuratively: as, the whirl of a top or of a wheel; the whirls of fancy.
- n. Something that whirls, or moves with a rapid circling motion; the circling eddy of a whirlpool, a whirlwind, or the like.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. turn in a twisting or spinning motion
- n. the act of rotating rapidly
- v. fly around
- v. flow in a circular current, of liquids
- v. revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
- n. a usually brief attempt
- n. confused movement
- n. the shape of something rotating rapidly
- v. cause to spin
Any gamer who has given the title a whirl knows the critical claim doesn't come unwarranted, even with a few niggling things like ...
In the centre of the whirl is a quiet spot, equal in extent of area to the whole
For the next month Anne lived in what, for Avonlea, might be called a whirl of excitement.
I called wildly upon that unknown bliss, the mere thought of which made my brain whirl.
But now and then we have a wind-storm that might better be called a whirl-wind and has to be met very differently; and two or three days or nights of rain insure the wetting of the blankets, and therefore shivering discomfort on the part of the would-be sleeper.
_ -- The whirl is the upstroke in all looped letters.
Six miles above the whirl are the Chiccamogga towns, on tlie banks of the liver, and of a large creek of the iame name; from thefe towns to. .the mouth of the Hiwaffee is fixty miles by water, and about forty by land; this river is a louth branch of the Tcnneilee, and navigable till it penetrates the mountains on its iouth fide.
Evidently someone somewhere gave them the impression that jobs are supposed to be fun and glamorous and satisfying -- a kind of whirl, where you magically get to put all your gifts and training to work, and to watch your salary go steadily up over time.
So give it a "whirl", and let me know how that works out for you.
But the mere mass of water, whose waves ran down in a headlong torrent, seemed to forbid all crossing; for it was full of hidden reefs, and the whole length of its channel was turbid with a kind of whirl of foam.