whisk

Definitions

  • pan, whisk and egg
    pan, whisk and egg
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v whisk whip with or as if with a wire whisk "whisk the eggs"
    • v whisk brush or wipe off lightly
    • v whisk move somewhere quickly "The President was whisked away in his limo"
    • v whisk move quickly and nimbly "He whisked into the house"
    • n whisk a small short-handled broom used to brush clothes
    • n whisk a mixer incorporating a coil of wires; used for whipping eggs or cream
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pan, bottle, whisk and egg pan, bottle, whisk and egg

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Whisk A game at cards; whist.
    • Whisk A kind of cape, forming part of a woman's dress. "My wife in her new lace whisk ."
    • Whisk A plane used by coopers for evening chines.
    • Whisk A small bunch of grass, straw, twigs, hair, or the like, used for a brush; hence, a brush or small besom, as of broom corn.
    • Whisk A small culinary instrument made of wire, or the like, for whisking or beating eggs, cream, etc.
    • Whisk An impertinent fellow.
    • Whisk The act of whisking; a rapid, sweeping motion, as of something light; a sudden motion or quick puff. "This first sad whisk Takes off thy dukedom; thou art but an earl."
    • v. i Whisk To move nimbly at with velocity; to make a sudden agile movement.
    • Whisk To move with a quick, sweeping motion. "He that walks in gray, whisking his riding rod.""I beg she would not impale worms, nor whisk carp out of one element into another."
    • Whisk To sweep, brush, or agitate, with a light, rapid motion; as, to whisk dust from a table; to whisk the white of eggs into a froth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whisk A wisp or small bunch, as of grass, hair, or straw; specifically, such a wisp used as a brush, broom, or besom, and especially in modern usage one made of the ripened panicle of broom-corn (see broom-corn and Sorghum), used for brushing the dust off clothes, etc.
    • n whisk An instrument used for whisking, agitating, or beating certain articles, such as cream or eggs.
    • n whisk A coopers' plane for leveling the chimes of casks.
    • n whisk A neckerchief worn by women in the seventeenth century. Also called falling-whisk, apparently in distinction from the ruff.
    • n whisk A brief, rapid sweeping motion as of something light; a sudden stroke, whiff, puff, or gale.
    • n whisk A servant.
    • n whisk An impertinent follow.
    • whisk To sweepor brush with a light, rapid motion: as, to whisk the dust from a table.
    • whisk To agitate or mix with a light, rapid motion; beat: as, to whisk eggs.
    • whisk To move with a quick, sweeping motion or flourish; move briskly.
    • whisk To flourish about.
    • whisk To carry suddenly and rapidly; whirl.
    • whisk To move with a quick, sweeping motion; move nimbly and swiftly: as, to whisk away.
    • n whisk The game of whist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Whisk hwisk to move with a quick motion: to sweep or stir rapidly
    • v.i Whisk to move nimbly and rapidly
    • n Whisk a rapid sweeping motion: a small bunch of anything used for a brush: a small instrument for beating or whisking, esp. eggs
    • n Whisk hwisk whist.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably for wisk, and of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. visk, a wisp; akin to Dan. visk, Sw. viska, D. wisch, OHG. wisc, G. wisch,. See Wisp
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
So called from the rapid action of sweeping the cards off the table after a trick has been won.

Usage

In literature:

A woman stands by to spread butter and sugar, and the plate is whisked away in a moment.
"A Wanderer in Holland" by E. V. Lucas
His waiter whisked away the clam cocktail and put down the clear turtle.
"The Cab of the Sleeping Horse" by John Reed Scott
The man whisks off his bed, and runs it up to the wall, whereupon he may confront a handsome mirror.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
With his sword held aloft, he threw himself on Chieh-yin Tao-jen, whose only weapon was his fly-whisk.
"Myths and Legends of China" by E. T. C. Werner
Turn them into a bowl, and give them twelve beats with whisk or fork.
"The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking" by Helen Campbell
So they all whisked away to the sparrow's roosting-place.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 2, December, 1877" by Various
My father whisked me once more across the long Jersey marshes.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
In vain we wise wou'd seem, while every Lust Whisks us about, as Whirlwinds do the Dust.
"The Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687)" by William Winstanley
Are you quite sure you have never ridden on one yourself, Jennet, and got whisked up the chimney without being aware of it?
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The men of Dubh-Artach will have a good laugh when we whisk you past.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
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In poetry:

The kitten's tone was airy,
The butterfly would scoff;
When there came along a fairy
Who whisked his wings right off.
"A Serious Question" by Carolyn Wells
Pretty little swallow, fly
Village doors and windows by,
Whisking oer the garden pales
Where the blackbird finds the snails;
"The Swallow" by John Clare
Whisk!--away in the sun
His little flying feet
Scamper as softly fleet
As ever the rabbits run.
He is gone like a flash, and then
In a breath is back again.
"Tony" by Clara Doty Bates
Ah, then what rapturous sound of wings,
Applauding when your throne goes down!
What cheering when the rude breeze springs,
And whisks away your withered crown!
"The Tulip (Caveat regina)" by Maurice Thompson
Then, ye looming nets of sleep,
Ye may have me all your own,
For the night is wearing deep
And the ice-winds whisk and moan;
Come with all your drowsy stress,
Dreams and silent frostiness.
"Before Sleep" by Archibald Lampman
You need not whisk your stump, nor turn away your nose;
Poor donkeys ain't so stupid as rich horses may suppose!
I could feed in any manger just as well as you,
Though I don't despise a thistle—with sauce of dust and dew!
"The Donkey In The Cart To The Horse In The Carriage" by George MacDonald

In news:

In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients until well combined.
Whisk together till thoroughly combined.
Salad dressings are whisked with carrot ginger jam.
Step inside one and you've been whisked away to the French countryside.
Smith flew into St Paul Thursday evening and was whisked away by university officials without speaking to reporters.
He was whisked off to a United Nations prison to face the first modern war crimes trial of a head of state.
I also whisked more away in some places with an old brush, but it really was just that simple.
As for Child herself, she collected whisks during her travels.
Whisk on downtown to House Kitchen and Bar.
What's Cookin' at Callie's Cabin: European-style treats that will whisk you away.
Photographer's artful images whisk viewers away to the iconic beauty of Venice.
3.5 stars for good food & reasonable prices at Whisk Gourmet in South Miami.
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While the noodles are cooking, whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
Rows of Olympic VIP buses will be waiting to whisk teams and coaches to the Athletes Village.
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In science:

Departures from this random mixing may be interpreted as a bypass where fluid is whisked away from the mixing zone, or dead zones where fluid is trapped for long times.
Measures of mixing quality in open flows with chaotic advection
We just should proceed carefully, the QGP-duck may be a shy creature, easy to whisk away.
Strange Quark Matter Theory
This is a sensible criterion: when the buoyancy frequency is small, vertically displaced fluid elements fail to return to their equilibrium positions before being whisked away by the background shear.
Forming Planetesimals in Solar and Extrasolar Nebulae
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