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Definition of "whirl" []

  • To revolve rapidly about a center or an axis. See Synonyms at turn. (verb-intransitive)
  • To rotate or spin rapidly: The dancer whirled across the stage. (verb-intransitive)
  • To turn rapidly, changing direction; wheel: She whirled around to face him. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have the sensation of spinning; reel: My head is whirling with data. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move circularly and rapidly in varied, random directions: The wind whirled across the steppes. (verb-intransitive)

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 "whirl" in a sentence
  • "Any gamer who has given the title a whirl knows the critical claim doesn't come unwarranted, even with a few niggling things like ..."
  • "In the centre of the whirl is a quiet spot, equal in extent of area to the whole"
  • "For the next month Anne lived in what, for Avonlea, might be called a whirl of excitement."