The cars were whirling around the track.
Clothes were whirling in the washing machine.
The water whirled around the drain.
Her dance partner whirled her around. Noun
My head was in a whirl.
the whirl of the mechanical ride made him dizzy See More
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Her impassioned flow — which navigates through whirling R&B melismas and fiery rap bars — and endearing personality shined through early in the series.—Ingrid Fajardo, Billboard, 10 May 2023 For travel From the brand that gave the world electric epilators in the ’80s, this compact powerhouse (3 ounces, 4 inches tall, 40 whirling tweezers) makes for a great travel partner.—Abbie Kozolchyk, wsj.com, 17 Oct. 2023 Minus a few minor deviations, plots of stellar orbits in other galaxies consistently show stars from center to rim all whirling with similar speed, as if held in dark matter’s gravitational grip.—Adam Mann, Scientific American, 11 Oct. 2023 But like the darkest, whirling undercurrents of the Umpqua River, her trauma runs deep.—Will Lanzoni, CNN Money, 23 Sep. 2023 During his playing days, the seasons whirled by: league games, cup games, European games, international games, all piled on top of each other.—Rory Smith, New York Times, 23 May 2023 Nurses in green scrubs attached bags of intravenous hydration fluids to the arms of even the tiniest patients as fans whirled and two air conditioners dripped and chugged.—Annie Gowen, Niko Kommenda and Saiyna Bashir, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2023 Moore has been an all-purpose weapon, flying out of the backfield, whirling out of the slot and giving Amari Cooper a run for his route-running money.—Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 29 Aug. 2023 Eminem is a mischievous, whirling dervish, wrestling real and imagined demons side by side.—Bob Guccione Jr, Spin, 21 Aug. 2023
The Dune actor rocked the same blue pants, white cutout tank top and red underwear that Sivan does in his music video — and gave the music video choreography a whirl, too.—Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 The weekend flew by, a delirious whirl of excellent food (Samuelsson’s Marcus at the Baha Mar Fish & Chop House was especially transcendent), cabana lounging, flamingo gawking, and rejuvenating deep-tissue massages.—Brittani Sonnenberg, Travel + Leisure, 16 Oct. 2023 The river is veiled with mist, and the water foams and whirls with driftwoods after a heavy rain.—John Branch Adam Stoltman, New York Times, 14 July 2023 How to Curl Hair With a Flat Iron or Straightener
Your flat iron can do more than straighten: Bryce Scarlett, celebrity hairstylist for Moroccanoil, tells us how to give it a whirl:
Use a flat iron for beachy waves
Start at your brow.—April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 8 Sep. 2023 According to researchers, this whirl had winds of around 143 miles per hour and reached temperatures up to 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit.—Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Aug. 2023 Give the viral Kahi balm a whirl or Thank You Farmer's for a dose of hydration on the go.—Sarah Han, Allure, 12 Oct. 2023 This design was relatively restrained: extra piped whirls of Swiss meringue buttercream, tinged a faint pinkish-caramel color from the addition of muscovado, crowned around the edges with pomegranate seeds and fennel fronds and small purple flowers.—Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2023 En route from front to back, diners pass a semi-open kitchen and a whirl of cooks.—Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2023 See More
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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