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Meaning & Definition of Whirl in English

English

Whirl

/wərl/

noun

1. Confused movement

  • "He was caught up in a whirl of work"
  • "A commotion of people fought for the exits"
    synonym:
  • whirl
  • ,
  • commotion

2. The shape of something rotating rapidly

    synonym:
  • whirl
  • ,
  • swirl
  • ,
  • vortex
  • ,
  • convolution

3. A usually brief attempt

  • "He took a crack at it"
  • "I gave it a whirl"
    synonym:
  • crack
  • ,
  • fling
  • ,
  • go
  • ,
  • pass
  • ,
  • whirl
  • ,
  • offer

4. The act of rotating rapidly

  • "He gave the crank a spin"
  • "It broke off after much twisting"
    synonym:
  • spin
  • ,
  • twirl
  • ,
  • twist
  • ,
  • twisting
  • ,
  • whirl

verb

1. Turn in a twisting or spinning motion

  • "The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"
    synonym:
  • twirl
  • ,
  • swirl
  • ,
  • twiddle
  • ,
  • whirl

2. Cause to spin

  • "Spin a coin"
    synonym:
  • whirl
  • ,
  • birl
  • ,
  • spin
  • ,
  • twirl

3. Flow in a circular current, of liquids

    synonym:
  • eddy
  • ,
  • purl
  • ,
  • whirlpool
  • ,
  • swirl
  • ,
  • whirl

4. Revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis

  • "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
    synonym:
  • spin
  • ,
  • spin around
  • ,
  • whirl
  • ,
  • reel
  • ,
  • gyrate

5. Fly around

  • "The clothes tumbled in the dryer"
  • "Rising smoke whirled in the air"
    synonym:
  • whirl
  • ,
  • tumble
  • ,
  • whirl around