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Verb: whirl  wurl
  1. Turn in a twisting or spinning motion
    "The leaves whirled in the autumn wind";
    - twirl, swirl, twiddle
     
  2. Cause to spin
    "whirl a coin";
    - birl [UK], spin, twirl
     
  3. Flow in a circular current, of liquids
    - eddy, purl, whirlpool, swirl
     
  4. Revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
    "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy";
    - spin, spin around, reel, gyrate
     
  5. Fly around
    "rising smoke whirled in the air";
    - tumble, whirl around
Noun: whirl  wurl
  1. Confused movement
    "he was caught up in a whirl of work";
    - commotion
     
  2. The shape of something rotating rapidly
    - swirl, vortex, convolution
     
  3. A usually brief attempt
    "I gave it a whirl";
    - crack, fling, go, pass, offer
     
  4. The act of rotating rapidly
    "he gave the crank a whirl";
    - spin, twirl, twist, twisting

Sounds like: while, whirl

Derived forms: whirling, whirled, whirls

Type of: attempt, circumvolve, course, effort, endeavor [US], endeavour [Brit, Cdn], feed, flow, go around, motion, move, movement, revolve, rotary motion, rotate, rotation, round shape, run, try

Encyclopedia: Whirl