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.
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            The passionate heart of the poet is whirl'd into
            folly.                                --Tennyson.
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