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The Collaborative Dictionary

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]
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]
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]
Whirling \Whirl"ing\, a. & n. from Whirl, v. t. [1913 Webster] Whirling table. (a) (Physics) An apparatus provided with one or more revolving disks, with weights, pulleys, and other attachments, for illustrating the phenomena and laws of centrifugal force, and the like. (b) A potter's wheel. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

whirling adj
1 moving or driven rapidly in a rotary or twisting motion; "a tornado's whirling winds"; "swirling currents" [syn: swirling]
2 rotating rapidly about an axis; "a spinning top"; "the whirling dance of the Dervish" [syn: spinning] n : the act of rotating in a circle or spiral [syn: gyration]

Moby Thesaurus

angular momentum, angular motion, angular velocity, axial motion, bowling, centrifugation, circulation, circumgyration, circumrotation, full circle, gyrating, gyration, pivoting, reeling, revolution, revolving, roll, rolling, rotating, rotation, rotational motion, spin, spinning, swinging, swirling, swiveling, trolling, trundling, turbination, turning, twirling, volutation, volution, wheeling, whir

English

Pronunciation

Verb

whirling
  1. present participle of whirl

Noun

  1. The action of the verb to whirl.

Adjective

whirling
  1. That whirls or whirl.
    a whirling carousel
    whirling dancers
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