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whorl

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noun \ˈhwȯr(-ə)l, ˈwȯr(-ə)l, ˈ(h)wər(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of whorl

  • : something that turns or goes around in a circle

  • : a pattern that is made by a series of circles that turn around a center point

  • : an arrangement of leaves, petals, etc., that forms a circle around a stem

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whorl

  1. 1 :  a drum-shaped section on the lower part of a spindle in spinning or weaving machinery serving as a pulley for the tape drive that rotates the spindle

  2. 2 :  an arrangement of similar anatomical parts (as leaves) in a circle around a point on an axis

  3. 3 :  something that whirls, coils, or spirals or whose form suggests such movement :  swirl <whorls of snow>

  4. 4 :  one of the turns of a univalve shell

  5. 5 :  a fingerprint in which the central papillary ridges turn through at least one complete circle

Examples of whorl in a sentence

  1. the whorls and eddies of the river

  2. the whorl of a fingerprint



Origin of whorl

Middle English wharle, whorle, probably alteration of whirle, from whirlen to whirl


First Known Use: 15th century

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WHORL Defined for Kids

whorl

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noun \ˈhwȯrl, ˈwȯrl, ˈhwərl, ˈwərl\

Definition of whorl for Students

  1. 1 :  a row of parts (as leaves or petals) encircling a stem

  2. 2 :  something that whirls or winds <a whorl of smoke>




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noun \ˈhwor(-ə)l, ˈwȯr(-ə)l, ˈ(h)wər(-ə)l\

Medical Definition of whorl

  1. :  a fingerprint in which the central papillary ridges turn through at least one complete turn



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