whirling


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
   [root]16. See Wharf, and cf. Warble, Whorl.]
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   1. To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity;
      to make to revolve.
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            He whirls his sword around without delay. --Dryden.
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   2. To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving
      motion; to snatch; to harry. --Chaucer.
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            See, see the chariot, and those rushing wheels,
            That whirled the prophet up at Chebar flood.
                                                  --Milton.
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            The passionate heart of the poet is whirl'd into
            folly.                                --Tennyson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Whirling \Whirl"ing\,
   a. & n. from Whirl, v. t.
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   Whirling table.
   (a) (Physics) An apparatus provided with one or more
       revolving disks, with weights, pulleys, and other
       attachments, for illustrating the phenomena and laws of
       centrifugal force, and the like.
   (b) A potter's wheel.
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