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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.] [1913 Webster] 1. To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity; to make to revolve. [1913 Webster] He whirls his sword around without delay. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch; to harry. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] See, see the chariot, and those rushing wheels, That whirled the prophet up at Chebar flood. --Milton. [1913 Webster] The passionate heart of the poet is whirl'd into folly. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]