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swirl

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verb \ˈswər(-ə)l\

Definition of swirl

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to move with an eddying or whirling motion <swirling water>b :  to pass in whirling confusion

  3. 2 :  to have a twist or convolution

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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>

Origin and Etymology of swirl

Middle English


First Known Use: 14th century


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swirl

noun

Definition of swirl

  1. 1a :  a whirling mass or motion :  eddyb :  whirling confusion <a swirl of events>

  2. 2 :  a twisting shape, mark, or pattern

  3. 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

15th Century

First Known Use of swirl

15th century


SWIRL Defined for English Language Learners

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swirl

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verb \ˈswər(-ə)l\

Definition of swirl for English Language Learners

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


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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

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verb \ˈswərl\

Definition of swirl for Students

swirled

swirling

  1. :  to move with a spinning or twisting motion


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swirl

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noun

Definition of swirl for Students

  1. 1 :  a spinning mass or motion :  eddy <a swirl of water>

  2. 2 :  busy movement or activity <She got caught up in the swirl of events.>

  3. 3 :  a twisting shape or mark <The ice cream has chocolate swirls.>



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