whirl


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:

Whirl \Whirl\, v. i.
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   1. 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.
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            The wooden engine flies and whirls about. --Dryden.
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   2. To move hastily or swiftly.
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            But whirled away to shun his hateful sight.
                                                  --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.]
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   1. 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.
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            The rapid . . . whirl of things here below interrupt
            not the inviolable rest and calmness of the noble
            beings above.                         --South.
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   2. Anything that moves with a whirling motion.
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            He saw Falmouth under gray, iron skies, and whirls
            of March dust.                        --Carlyle.
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   3. A revolving hook used in twisting, as the hooked spindle
      of a rope machine, to which the threads to be twisted are
      attached.
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   4. (Bot. & Zool.) A whorl. See Whorl.
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