Whirl

Definition of Whirl

v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Whirled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Whirling.]
1.To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity; to make to revolve.
He whirls his sword around without delay.
- Dryden.
2.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.
- Milton.
The passionate heart of the poet is whirl'd into folly.
- Tennyson.
v. i.1.To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to revolve or rotate with great speed; to gyrate.
The wooden engine flies and whirls about.
- Dryden.
2.To move hastily or swiftly.
But whirled away to shun his hateful sight.
- Dryden.
n.1.
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.
The rapid . . . whirl of things here below interrupt not the inviolable rest and calmness of the noble beings above.
- South.
2.Anything that moves with a whirling motion.
He saw Falmouth under gray, iron skies, and whirls of March dust.
- Carlyle.
3.A revolving hook used in twisting, as the hooked spindle of a rope machine, to which the threads to be twisted are attached.
4.(Bot. & Zool.) A whorl. See Whorl.

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