Crossword clues for whirl
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Whirl \Whirl\, n. [Cf. Dan. hvirvel, Sw. hvirfvel, Icel. hvirfill the crown of the head, G. wirbel whirl, crown of the head, D. wervel. See Whirl, v. t.]
A turning with rapidity or velocity; rapid rotation or circumvolution; quick gyration; rapid or confusing motion; as, the whirl of a top; the whirl of a wheel. ``In no breathless whirl.''
--J. H. Newman.
The rapid . . . whirl of things here below interrupt not the inviolable rest and calmness of the noble beings above.
Anything that moves with a whirling motion.
He saw Falmouth under gray, iron skies, and whirls of March dust.
A revolving hook used in twisting, as the hooked spindle of a rope machine, to which the threads to be twisted are attached.
(Bot. & Zo["o]l.) A whorl. See Whorl.
Whirl \Whirl\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whirled; p. pr. & vb. n. Whirling.] [OE. whirlen, probably from the Scand.; cf. Icel. & Sw. hvirfla, Dan. hvirvle; akin to D. wervelen, G. wirbeln, freq. of the verb seen in Icel. hverfa to turn.
To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity; to make to revolve.
He whirls his sword around without delay.
To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch; to harry.
See, see the chariot, and those rushing wheels, That whirled the prophet up at Chebar flood.
The passionate heart of the poet is whirl'd into folly.
Whirl \Whirl\, v. i.
To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to revolve or rotate with great speed; to gyrate. ``The whirling year vainly my dizzy eyes pursue.''
--J. H. Newman.
The wooden engine flies and whirls about.
To move hastily or swiftly.
But whirled away to shun his hateful sight.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1300, probably from Old Norse hvirfla "to go round, spin," related to hvirfill "circle, ring, crown," and to Old English hweorfan "to turn" (see wharf). Related: Whirled; whirling. Whirlybird "helicopter" is from 1951.
early 15c., "flywheel of a spindle," from whirl (v.). The meaning "act of whirling" is recorded from late 15c.; figurative sense of "confused activity" is recorded from 1550s. Colloquial sense of "tentative attempt" is attested from 1884, American English.
n. 1 An act of whirling. 2 Something that whirls. 3 A confused tumult. 4 A rapid series of events 5 dizziness or giddiness. 6 (qualifier: usually following “give”) A brief experiment or trial. vb. 1 (label en intransitive) To rotate, revolve, spin or turn rapidly. 2 (label en intransitive) To have a sensation of spinning or reeling. 3 (label en transitive) To make something or someone whirl. 4 (label en transitive) To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch.
n. confused movement; "he was caught up in a whirl of work"; "a commotion of people fought for the exits" [syn: commotion]
Whirl may refer to:
- Whirling, a dance genre.
- Whirl (Transformers), a character in the Transformers franchise
- Tilt-A-Whirl, a type of amusement ride
- Atomic whirl, a symbol of atheism
- Whirl magazine, a luxury lifestyle magazine in Pittsburgh, PA
- Whirr, an American rock band that originally formed under the name "Whirl"
See also Whirlpool.
Usage examples of "whirl".
He seized a fragment of nopal-stuff in his hand, in the hand of his analogue, whirled it up, beat at the sucker, at the fibril.
Biting off an oath, the fellow whirled to face Perrin, baring a good hand of his sword blade.
A movie camera whirled as the men dangled and strangled, their beltless trousers finally dropping off as they struggled, leaving them naked in their death agony.
The wind was moaning in the aerials and whirling the sand outside pretty briskly when they finally heard a long blat from seaward, and Mr.
In the night, long after the sun had gone and the last daylight could not possibly be there, the blizzard was whirling white.
And the town was all alone on the frozen, endless prairie, where snow drifted and winds howled and the whirling blizzard put out the stars and the sun.
Like lightning, Boots whirled his brother around and clamped him tightly in a hammerlock.
He pointed, and Dain whirled around just as another black-armored Believer charged straight at him with brandished sword.
Mules braying in the stables, and seabirds crying out as they whirled above us, but no words, nor did I really expect many.
Isabella, her dark hair whipping around her, whirled and swayed her body sensuously as she dance toward Burr, displaying every seductive curve of her body before his smiling gaze.
This had been painfully excogitated while the snowstorm whirled aboiut the lawn and filled the lanes, this was of the summer night, this of the harvest moon rising like a fire from the tithebarn on the hill.
A passenger hurrying from the expressway must inadvertently have kicked it in the direction of deceleration and now the owner was whirling away from her property.
As Fergus and I ducked under the creeper after Jamie, a large woman in homespun whirled toward us, shoulders hunching as she raised the broken tree limb she clutched in one hand.
She whirled about on the lawn like a dervish, hooting and screeching, her pink mouth open.
Above them, like a broken umbrella in a high wind, the daddy longlegs whirled off, looking for a dark place to hide.