swirl

verb
\ ˈswər(-ə)l How to pronounce swirl (audio) \
swirled; swirling; swirls

Definition of swirl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to move with an eddying or whirling motion swirling water
b : to pass in whirling confusion
2 : to have a twist or convolution

transitive verb

: to cause to swirl swirled her drink

swirl

noun

Definition of swirl (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a whirling mass or motion : eddy
b : whirling confusion a swirl of events
2 : a twisting shape, mark, or pattern
3 : an act or instance of swirling

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Other Words from swirl

Verb

swirlingly \ ˈswər-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce swirlingly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for swirl

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of swirl in a Sentence

Verb The water swirled around the drain. kept swirling her lemonade until I thought the sound of clinking ice would drive me insane Noun A swirl of smoke rose from the chimney. He painted swirls of color on the canvas. ice cream with chocolate swirls
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These dating rumors swirling are just the latest for the Houston hottie. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Megan Thee Stallion Confirms That She And G-Eazy Are Just Friends," 4 Feb. 2020 After the election, with questions swirling about the campaign’s connections to Moscow, Trump Jr., in a press release dictated by the president, 73, said the meeting was primarily to discuss the adoption of Russian children by Americans. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "'I’m really sorry about this, Dad': How Don Jr. apologized for Trump Tower meeting and 'mess' that followed," 20 Jan. 2020 Not all of the phosphorus monoxide is used to form stars, so the leftover molecules can freeze and wind up trapped in frozen dust grains swirling around a forming star. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The ingredients for life on Earth may have been delivered by comets, study says," 15 Jan. 2020 The controversy swirling around Gosar is nothing new. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Rep. Paul Gosar tweets phony photo of Obama and Iranian president, gets ridiculed," 6 Jan. 2020 Luke Cage channeled Shaft with iconic images of Harlem, while the dark and brooding title sequence for Iron Fist showcased a series of martial arts moves, each punch and kick generating liquid ribbons swirling around the central figure. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The 2010s were a veritable golden age of opening credits in television," 30 Dec. 2019 The violence underscored the growing fears and suspicions swirling around the 8-week-old protest movement, which engulfed Iraq on Oct. 1 when thousands took to the streets to decry government corruption, poor services and scarcity of jobs. Washington Post, "Baghdad mob kills teen and strings up his corpse," 16 Dec. 2019 The violence underscored the growing fears and suspicions swirling around the 8-week-old protest movement, which engulfed Iraq on Oct. 1, when thousands took to the streets to decry government corruption, poor services, and scarcity of jobs. BostonGlobe.com, "Baghdad mob kills teen gunman and strings up his corpse - The Boston Globe," 13 Dec. 2019 The violence underscored the growing fears and suspicions swirling around the 8-week-old protest movement, which engulfed Iraq on Oct. 1 when thousands took to the streets to decry government corruption, poor services and scarcity of jobs. Samya Kullab And Murtada Faraj, chicagotribune.com, "Baghdad mob strings up corpse of teen gunman who killed six, officials say," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Red Velvet Cake is a luscious red velvet cake ice cream with pieces of red velvet cake and a cream cheese icing swirl. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Just in time for V-Day, Blue Bell's Red Velvet Ice Cream returns to stores," 11 Feb. 2020 The staff, an army of men in black vests and women in embroidered blouses, swirls through the room for some of the best service in the city. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Mi Familia de Mi Tierra at The Rim has better food than the original Cortez family’s Mexican restaurant in downtown San Antonio," 6 Feb. 2020 The blue wallpaper boasts swirls reminiscent of Van Gough's 'Starry Night,' which surround a red heart with the number 13 in it (aka her favorite number). Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "The Biggest Revelation From 'Miss Americana' Is Taylor Swift's Maximalist Kitchen," 5 Feb. 2020 In one container, bright chips of plastic from Cancun, Mexico, swirl like large pieces of confetti in the water. Amanda Morris, azcentral, "Arizona company fights plastic pollution at Super Bowl LIV with eco-friendly alternatives," 29 Jan. 2020 The restaurant will also have a coffee bar, serving Colectivo Coffee, as well as freshly squeezed orange juice, a variety of pancakes, homemade potatoes, cinnamon swirl French toast and cage-free eggs, according to owner Kika Saliu. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new breakfast and lunch spot will open at the Mayfair Collection in February," 23 Jan. 2020 Instead of a harsh, bright, one-note blond, buttercream swirls ribbons of Champagne, honey, and baby blond for an easy-lived in look. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "You Should Go Buttercream Blond This Winter," 17 Jan. 2020 The policy reflects the light and tech-neutral touch the Trump administration has generally taken with developing tech, even as fears about surveillance and privacy swirl. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Feds Are Content to Let Cars Drive, and Regulate, Themselves," 9 Jan. 2020 Others are flattened disks, with pancakelike stellar swirls orbiting a central bulge. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Swirling Magnetic Fields Hint at Origins of Spiral Galaxy Shapes," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of swirl

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for swirl

Verb

Middle English

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The first known use of swirl was in the 14th century

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17 Feb 2020

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“Swirl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swirl. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for swirl

swirl

verb
How to pronounce swirl (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of swirl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move in circles or to cause (something) to move in circles

swirl

noun

English Language Learners Definition of swirl (Entry 2 of 2)

: a twisting or swirling movement, form, or object
: a state of busy movement or activity

swirl

verb
\ ˈswərl How to pronounce swirl (audio) \
swirled; swirling

Kids Definition of swirl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move with a spinning or twisting motion

swirl

noun

Kids Definition of swirl (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a spinning mass or motion : eddy a swirl of water
2 : busy movement or activity She got caught up in the swirl of events.
3 : a twisting shape or mark The ice cream has chocolate swirls.

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