• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Whirling-table a machine exhibiting the effects of centripetal and centrifugal forces: an instrument used by potters
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Skeat explains M. E. whirlen as a contraction for an assumed whirf-le, a freq. of Ice. hvirfla, to whirl, freq. of hverfa (pa.t. hvarf), to turn round; Ger. wirbeln, to whirl.


In literature:

Terrill whirled about in his swivel-chair and faced the table.
"The Round-up" by John Murray and Marion Mills Miller
I sat looking at the book on the table before me; and so many strange thoughts crowded on me that my mind began to whirl.
"The Jewel of Seven Stars" by Bram Stoker
His legs were whirled from under him, as the table, grunting madly, careened and knocked the girl out of sight.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
Whirls of laughter would invade our table.
"The Dark Forest" by Hugh Walpole
The guard whirled from the table and sprang to his feet, surprise written on his countenance.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
The other smiled and looked at Neeland, and, seating herself, leaned on the table watching the whirl on the floor.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
Whirling the heavy metal ring of my menore in my hand, I sprang towards the table.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
He dropped the things in his hands with a clatter and whirled round upon her, his jaw hanging, his hands clutching the table.
"Command" by William McFee
Dawvys whirled from where he had been bending over a huge leather-bound book on a table.
"The Buttoned Sky" by Geoff St. Reynard
The mist still whirled upon the table.
"The Great Keinplatz Experiment and Other Tales of Twilight and the Unseen" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In poetry:

Take then a coil of copper pure,
And fix it on your whirling table;
Place the electrodes firm and sure
As near the axis as you’re able,
And soon you’ll learn the way to work it,
With galvanometer in circuit.
"Answer To Tait" by James Clerk Maxwell