• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Thirl To bore; to drill or thrill. See Thrill. "That with a spear was thirled his breast bone."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thirl A hole; an opening; a place of entrance, as a door or a window.
    • n thirl In coal-mining, a short passage cut for ventilation between two headings; a cross-hole. Also thirling.
    • thirl To pierce; bore; perforate; drill.
    • thirl To produce, as a hole, by piercing, boring, or drilling.
    • thirl Figuratively, to penetrate; pierce, as with some keen emotion; especially, to wound.
    • thirl To cause to vibrate, quiver, or tingle; thrill.
    • thirl To make a hole, as by piercing or boring.
    • thirl To vibrate; quiver; tingle; thrill.
    • thirl In coal-mining, to cut away the last web of coal separating two headings or other workings.
    • thirl To thrall, bind, or subject; especially, to bind or astrict by the terms of a lease or otherwise: as, lands thirled to a particular mill. See thirlage.
    • n thirl In Scots law, a tract of land the tenants of which were bound to bring all their grain to a certain mill: same as sucken.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thirl thėrl (prov.) a hole: an opening: a short passage between two headings in a mine
    • v.t Thirl to pierce, wound: cause to quiver
    • v.i Thirl to vibrate, tingle, thrill
    • n Thirl thėrl a form of thrall
    • v.t Thirl to bind or subject
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Thrill


In literature:

It's a strange thing that the saul of man should be that thirled into his perishable body; but the minister saw that, an' his heart didnae break.
"The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He was too much thirled to the Cleuch and tied to his wife's apron.
"The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies" by John Buchan
He kens what's wanted, and if he's no thirled to the Elliotts and the Greys, he can vote as he thinks fit.
"Mr. Hogarth's Will" by Catherine Helen Spence
They might be incomers, but they were thirled to Gillesbeg all the same, as I found later on.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
Thurlestone takes its name from a 'thirled' or pierced rock, on the shore through which the waves have drilled an arch.
"Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts" by Rosalind Northcote
An elbuck dirl will lang play thirl.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
THIRL'AGE, a form of servitude by which the grain produced on certain lands had to be ground at a certain mill and a certain proportion paid.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
Though I live on the lands of a Master of Arts, I had nae inkling that I was thirl to hell.
"The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by James Hogg
And then he speaks with sic a taking art, His words they thirle like musick thro' my heart.
"The Gentle Shepherd: A Pastoral Comedy" by Allan Ramsay