• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tirl To make a ratting or clattering sound by twirling or shaking; as, to tirl at the pin, or latch, of a door.
    • Tirl To quiver; to vibrate; to veer about.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tirl To quiver; vibrate; thrill; hence, to change or veer about, as the wind.
    • tirl To produce a rattling or whirring; make a clatter, as by shaking or twirling something.
    • tirl To twirl; whirl or twist.
    • tirl To strip or pluck off quickly.
    • tirl To strip of something; uncover; unroof; divest, as of covering or raiment.
    • n tirl A twirl or whirl; a vibration, or something vibrating or whirling.
    • n tirl A turn; a try.
    • n tirl A substitute for a trundle-wheel or lantern-wheel in a mill. It has 12 arms consisting of boards set in an upright wooden shaft about 4 feet long, with an iron spindle which passes up through the nether millstone, and is fastened to and turns the upper one. See tirl-mill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Tirl tirl (Scot.) to quiver, vibrate: to make a twirling noise
    • v.t Tirl to twist: to strip, unroof
    • n Tirl a twirl, vibration: a substitute for a trundle or lantern wheel in a mill
    • adj Tirl irregular, twisting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Twirl Thirl


In literature:

Are ye to lie in your warm bed and think upon us, when the wind gowls in the chimney and the rain tirls on the roof?
"Kidnapped" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Late at nicht, Fanny, the bonny gypsy, cam' ben the hoose an' tirled at the pin of oor bigly bower door, speirin' for baps and bannocks.
"Penelope's Experiences in Scotland" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Thus any one 'tirling at the pin' does not attempt to open the door, but signifies his presence to those within.
"Ballads of Romance and Chivalry" by Frank Sidgwick
And whan he came to his love's gates, He tirled at the pin.
"Ballads of Scottish Tradition and Romance" by Various
Last night a hand pushed on the door And tirled at the pin.
"A Cluster of Grapes" by Various
Are ye to lie in your warm bed and think upon us, when the wind gowls in the chimney and the rain tirls on the roof?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She tirled fretfully at the pin, the servant-maid opened, and we went within.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
Almost breathless from the speed I had used, I 'tirled at the pin.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
I took the rasp in my hand, and gave my wonted tirl.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
As the door was fastened, he "tirled at the pin," as the old ballads term it.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various

In poetry:

Sadly, sadly he crossed the floor
And tirled at the pin:
Sadly went he through the door
Where sadly he cam' in.
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll
Then up and spake the popinjay
That flew abune her head:
"Gae let him in that tirls the pin:
He cometh thee to wed."
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll
Whan he cam to his ain luve's bouir
He tirled at the pin,
And sae ready was his fair fause luve
To rise and let him in.
"Sir Roland" by Andrew Lang
There came a ghost to Margaret's door,
With many a grievous groan,
And aye he tirl-ed at the pin;
But answer made she none.
"Sweet William's Ghost" by Henry Morley
O'er Criffel hill, he loudly roar'd,
O'er Burnswark hill, he wildly snor'd;
Through entries blew wi' sic a birl,
Baith ricks and houses he did tirl;
"Address To Satan" by Susannah Hawkins
He tirled not at the pin, he made no cry nor moan:
But he lifted the latch, and he stood by the hearthstone.
The wet weed was about him from his heel to his crown,
An' drippin' to the floor did the salt streams run down.
"From The Sea" by Cicely Fox Smith