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Definition of "birl" [birl]

  • To cause (a floating log) to spin rapidly by rotating with the feet. (verb-transitive)
  • To participate in birling. (verb-intransitive)
  • To spin. (verb-intransitive)
  • A whirring noise; a hum. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "birl" in a sentence
  • "A compendium of greatest hits, plus a poetic "birl" (spin) from Seamus Heaney, it seems to be modelled on the Burns night, with O'Hagan, a lively novelist and cultural commentator, playing MC."
  • "He gave a slow birl, checking the effect in the hall mirror."
  • "Joanne walked toward him, a mohair stole draped over her shoulders, and did a quick birl for his benefit."