whirl

[hwurl, wurl]
verb (used without object)
1.
to turn around, spin, or rotate rapidly: The merry-go-round whirled noisily.
2.
to turn about or aside quickly: He whirled and faced his pursuers.
3.
to move, travel, or be carried rapidly along: She whirled along the freeway in her new car.
4.
to feel as though spinning rapidly; reel as from dizziness: My head began to whirl.
verb (used with object)
5.
to cause to turn around, spin, or rotate rapidly.
6.
to send, drive, or carry in a circular or curving course.
7.
to drive, send, or carry along with great or dizzying rapidity.
8.
Obsolete. to hurl.
noun
9.
the act of whirling; rapid rotation or gyration.
10.
a whirling movement; quick turn or swing.
11.
a short drive, run, walk, or the like; spin.
12.
something that whirls; a whirling current or mass.
13.
a rapid round of events, affairs, etc.: a whirl of meetings, conferences, and business lunches.
14.
a state marked by dizziness or a dizzying succession of feelings, thoughts, etc.
15.
an attempt or trial, especially one undertaken tentatively or experimentally: Even if you don't agree with my plan, won't you give it a whirl?
16.
Machinery, whip ( def 26 ).

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English whirlen < Old Norse hvirfla to whirl, akin to Old English hwyrflung turning, revolving, hwyrfel circuit; see whorl

whirler, noun
whirlingly, adverb
outwhirl, verb (used with object)
unwhirled, adjective


1. gyrate, pirouette. 1, 5. revolve, twirl, wheel. 9. spin, revolution. 15. try, go, fling, whack.
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whirl (wɜːl)
 
vb
1.  to spin, turn, or revolve or cause to spin, turn, or revolve
2.  (intr) to turn around or away rapidly
3.  (intr) to have a spinning sensation, as from dizziness, etc
4.  to move or drive or be moved or driven at high speed
 
n
5.  the act or an instance of whirling; swift rotation or a rapid whirling movement
6.  a condition of confusion or giddiness: her accident left me in a whirl
7.  a swift round, as of events, meetings, etc
8.  a tumult; stir
9.  informal a brief trip, dance, etc
10.  informal give something a whirl to attempt or give a trial to something
 
[C13: from Old Norse hvirfla to turn about; related to Old High German wirbil whirlwind]
 
'whirler
 
n
 
'whirling
 
adj
 
'whirlingly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

whirl
late 13c., probably from O.N. hvirfla "to go round, spin," related to hvirfill "circle, ring, crown," and to O.E. hweorfan "to turn" (see whir). Whirlpool is attested from 1520s, but O.E. had hwyrfepol and wirfelmere; whirlwind is mid-14c., probably on model of O.N. hvirfilvindr.
Whirligig is from mid-15c., of various toys. Whirlybird "helicopter" is from 1951.

whirl
1411, "flywheel of a spindle," from whirl (v.). The meaning "act of whirling" is recorded from c.1480; fig. sense of "confused activity" is recorded from 1552. Colloq. sense of "tentative attempt" is attested from 1884, Amer.Eng.
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Idioms & Phrases

whirl

see give something a whirl.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
In a half-second whirl, she can spin around and leave a gang of thugs unconscious.
He was blowing on a plastic trumpet he had won, immersed in the kaleidoscopic
  whirl.
While good deeds are often rewarded, promotion sometimes seems to depend on a
  lucky whirl of the plastic arrow.
The carousel of stock exchange deals continued to whirl.
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