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whirl

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verb \ˈhwər(-ə)l, ˈwər(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of whirl

  • : to move or go in a circle or curve especially with force or speed

  • : to turn rapidly in circles

  • : to turn quickly and suddenly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whirl

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move in a circle or similar curve especially with force or speed

  3. 2 a :  to turn on or around an axis like a wheel :  rotate b :  to turn abruptly around or aside :  wheel <whirled around in surprise>

  4. 3 :  to pass, move, or go quickly <whirled down the hallway>

  5. 4 :  to become giddy or dizzy :  reel <my head is whirling>

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to drive, impel, or convey with or as if with a rotary motion

  8. 2 a :  to cause to turn usually rapidly on or around an axis :  rotate b :  to cause to turn abruptly around or aside

  9. 3 obsolete :  to throw or hurl violently with a revolving motion

whirler

play \ˈhwər-lər, ˈwər-\ noun

Examples of whirl in a sentence

  1. The cars were whirling around the track.

  2. Clothes were whirling in the washing machine.

  3. The water whirled around the drain.

  4. Her dance partner whirled her around.



Origin and Etymology of whirl

Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hvirfla to whirl; akin to Old High German wirbil whirlwind, Old English hweorfan to turn — more at wharf


First Known Use: 14th century


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whirl

noun

Simple Definition of whirl

  • : a fast turning movement

  • : something that is turning quickly in circles

  • : a state of busy movement or activity

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whirl

  1. 1 a :  a rapid rotating or circling movement b :  something undergoing such a movement

  2. 2 a :  a busy or fast-paced succession of events :  bustle <a whirl of activity> <the social whirl> b :  a confused or disturbed mental state :  turmoil <a whirl of febrile excitement — Emily Skeel>

  3. 3 :  an experimental or brief attempt :  try <gave it a whirl>

Examples of whirl in a sentence

  1. My head was in a whirl.

  2. <the whirl of the mechanical ride made him dizzy>



15th Century

First Known Use of whirl

15th century

Rhymes with whirl



WHIRL Defined for Kids

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whirl

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verb \ˈhwərl, ˈwərl\

Definition of whirl for Students

whirled

whirling

  1. 1 :  to turn or move in circles rapidly

  2. 2 :  to feel dizzy <After the ride my head whirled.>

  3. 3 :  to move or carry around rapidly




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whirl

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noun

Definition of whirl for Students

  1. 1 :  a rapid movement in circles

  2. 2 :  something that is or seems to be moving in circles <a whirl of dust>

  3. 3 :  a state of busy movement :  bustle

  4. 4 :  a brief or experimental try <I've never tried, but I'll give it a whirl.>





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