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Definition of 'whirl'


  1. confused movement; "he was caught up in a whirl of work"; "a commotion of people fought for the exits"
       Synonyms: commotion
  2. the shape of something rotating rapidly
       Synonyms: swirl vortex convolution
  3. a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
       Synonyms: crack fling go pass offer
  4. the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting"
       Synonyms: spin twirl twist twisting


  1. turn in a twisting or spinning motion; "The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"
       Synonyms: twirl swirl twiddle
  2. cause to spin; "spin a coin"
       Synonyms: birl spin twirl
  3. flow in a circular current, of liquids
       Synonyms: eddy purl whirlpool swirl
  4. revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
       Synonyms: spin spin around reel gyrate
  5. fly around; "The clothes tumbled in the dryer"; "rising smoke whirled in the air"
       Synonyms: tumble whirl around

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