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swirl

verb \ ˈswər(-ə)l \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of swirl

intransitive verb
1 a : 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

swirlingly

play \ˈswər-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of swirl in a Sentence

  1. The water swirled around the drain.

  2. kept swirling her lemonade until I thought the sound of clinking ice would drive me insane

Recent Examples of swirl from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of swirl

Middle English

swirl Synonyms

Synonyms
agitate, churn, stir, wash, whirl
Related Words
beat, paddle, whip, whisk; reel, shake, wheel

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swirl

noun

Definition of swirl

1 a : 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

Examples of swirl in a Sentence

  1. A swirl of smoke rose from the chimney.

  2. He painted swirls of color on the canvas.

  3. ice cream with chocolate swirls

Recent Examples of swirl from the Web

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First Known Use of swirl

15th century


SWIRL Defined for English Language Learners

swirl

verb

Definition of swirl for English Language Learners

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


swirl

noun

Definition of swirl for English Language Learners

  • : a twisting or swirling movement, form, or object

  • : a state of busy movement or activity


SWIRL Defined for Kids

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swirl

verb \ ˈswərl \

Definition of swirl for Students

swirled; swirling
: to move with a spinning or twisting motion

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swirl

noun

Definition of swirl for Students

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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