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  • v. Present participle of whirl.
  • n. The action of the verb to whirl.
  • adj. That whirls or whirl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a. & n. from whirl, v. t.

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

  • n. the act of rotating in a circle or spiral


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • He became the patron saint of the Mevlevi Sufi order, whose ceremonies incorporated music and whirling dances in special dress (from which came their common description as “whirling dervishes”).

    c. The Mongol Empire and Its Successors

  • Game Management's new lure testing tank helped researchers make spectacular new advances with brown trout streamer action in whirling eddies.

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  • Game Management's new lure testing tank proved that brown trout absolutely hammer yellow streamers in whirling eddies.

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  • She smiled, too, her olive skin whirling into a bright shade of pink, like cotton candy.

    The Dancing Lady

  • With the asymmetric, twisting, flailing impetus of Petronio's signature style dialled right up, they often appear to be battling the elements: they're hurled across the stage in whirling, lop-sided turns or jagged leaps.

    Stephen Petronio Company – review

  • He had a lot to say on a number of interesting topics (ignore the fact I was asking the questions) and if this interview got your brain whirling, you should definitely check out his fiction.

    INTERVIEW: Jason Stoddard

  • "I call the whirling winds to cease, depart from her, from us, in peace," Liz said, putting as much force into her words as she could.

    License Invoked

  • He undid a string, and in an instant a pile of gold and silver rattled down upon the cloth, the coins whirling and clinking among the dishes.

    The Stark Munro Letters

  • But when the individual added to this felicitous dispensation of fortune the personal attributes of unparalleled beauty and pea-green satin; of having worn hoops, high heels, and powder; of countless lovers, and white brocade with pink rosebuds – well might I sit, my brain whirling with anticipation, as I thought: 'She is coming here: I shall see her!'

    Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances

  • As these came dimly whirling from the mists -- from smoke of battles and the darkness of defeat -- no keener eye was turned to see them taking shape; no readier mind to accept their lesson.

    Character and Services of Abraham Lincoln


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