• WordNet 3.6
    • v whirl revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
    • v whirl flow in a circular current, of liquids
    • v whirl fly around "The clothes tumbled in the dryer","rising smoke whirled in the air"
    • v whirl cause to spin "spin a coin"
    • v whirl turn in a twisting or spinning motion "The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"
    • n whirl the act of rotating rapidly "he gave the crank a spin","it broke off after much twisting"
    • n whirl a usually brief attempt "he took a crack at it","I gave it a whirl"
    • n whirl confused movement "he was caught up in a whirl of work","a commotion of people fought for the exits"
    • n whirl the shape of something rotating rapidly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The whirling cloud, a flat cloud hovering over the peak of an extinct volcano, Mount Jirinaj in Indonesia, affected by hot air rising from the crater, spins swiftly around and around.
    • Whirl A revolving hook used in twisting, as the hooked spindle of a rope machine, to which the threads to be twisted are attached.
    • Whirl A turning with rapidity or velocity; rapid rotation or circumvolution; quick gyration; rapid or confusing motion; as, the whirl of a top; the whirl of a wheel. "In no breathless whirl .""The rapid . . . whirl of things here below interrupt not the inviolable rest and calmness of the noble beings above."
    • Whirl (Bot. & Zoöl) A whorl. See Whorl.
    • Whirl Anything that moves with a whirling motion. "He saw Falmouth under gray, iron skies, and whirls of March dust."
    • Whirl To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to revolve or rotate with great speed; to gyrate. "The whirling year vainly my dizzy eyes pursue.""The wooden engine flies and whirls about."
    • Whirl To move hastily or swiftly. "But whirled away to shun his hateful sight."
    • Whirl To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch; to harry. "See, see the chariot, and those rushing wheels,
      That whirled the prophet up at Chebar flood."
      "The passionate heart of the poet is whirl'd into folly."
    • Whirl To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity; to make to revolve. "He whirls his sword around without delay."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whirl In angling, a spoon-bait.
    • whirl To swing or turn rapidly round; rotate, or cause to revolve rapidly.
    • whirl To cast with a twirling or twisting motion; throw with a rapid whirl.
    • whirl To carry swiftly away with or as if with a revolving or wheeling motion.
    • whirl Synonyms To twirl, spin, revolve, rotate.
    • whirl To turn rapidly; move round with velocity; revolve or rotate swiftly.
    • whirl To pass or move with a rapid whirling motion, or as if on wheels.
    • n whirl The whorl of a spindle.
    • n whirl A reel or hook used in rope-making for twisting strands of hemp or gut.
    • n whirl A rope-winch.
    • n whirl In botany and conchology See whorl.
    • n whirl A rapid circling motion or movement, as that of a revolving body; rapid rotation, gyration, or circumvolution: literally and figuratively: as, the whirl of a top or of a wheel; the whirls of fancy.
    • n whirl Something that whirls, or moves with a rapid circling motion; the circling eddy of a whirlpool, a whirlwind, or the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Whirl hwėrl a turning with rapidity: anything that turns with velocity
    • v.i Whirl to revolve rapidly
    • v.t Whirl to turn round rapidly: to carry away rapidly, as on wheels
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  • George Meredith
    “A kiss is but a kiss now! and no wave of a great flood that whirls me to the sea. But, as you will! we'll sit contentedly, and eat our pot of honey on the grave.”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow.”
  • Corrie Ten Boom
    Corrie Ten Boom
    “Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. whirlen, probably from the Scand.; cf. Icel. & Sw. hvirfla, Dan. hvirvle,; akin to D. wervelen, G. wirbeln, freq. of the verb seen in Icel. hverfa, to turn. √16. See Wharf, and cf. Warble Whorl


In literature:

In quick decision, then, he whirled upon the crowd, pushed it back, cleared a space.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin
Then she turned her eyes from her father to the grate as a whirl of ashes and smoke came out.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
Out of the mad whirling tangle of flying bodies, Thurston glimpsed one clear picture.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
She whirled and turned and the little tambourine gleamed and sparkled.
"Battling the Clouds" by Captain Frank Cobb
In the whirl of the moment he scarcely grasped their meaning.
"Duncan Polite" by Marian Keith
Rick whirled just as Carrots Kelso came abreast of Dean's doorway.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
His head was in a whirl and one eye was rather rapidly closing.
"Dave Porter in the Far North" by Edward Stratemeyer
He whirled and plunged into the woods, leaving White Bear shaken and open-mouthed.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
His thoughts were still in a wild whirl, but the heat of his mad rage had passed and left him in a cold fury.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
He whirled without an instant's hesitation and sprang down the long corridor toward the captain's quarters.
"Pirates of the Gorm" by Nat Schachner

In poetry:

Thou singest, little girl--
Thy sire, the King is he:
Around thee glories whirl,
But all things sigh in thee.
"On Hearing The Princess Royal Sing" by Victor Marie Hugo
For though creeds whirl away in dust,
Faith fails and men forget,
These aged gods of fright and lust
Cling to life yet.
"Outlaws" by Robert Graves
Tis meeting in the ball-room,
'Tis whirling in the dance;
'Tis something hid beneath the lid,
More than a simple glance.
"What Is Flirtation?" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
He does not hear the voice that bears
His name around the world;
He has no thought of great deeds done
Where battle-tempests whirled;
"The Morning Hills" by Maurice Thompson
Across my path the red leaves whirled.
Dared I to kneel with all the world?
How came I, then, to clasp you, Sweet,
And find a woman at my feet?
"Won" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
"So fell my voice amid the whirl and rush
Of human passions; if unto my art
Sorrow hath sometimes owed a gentler gush,
I know it not; if any Poet-heart
Hath kindled at my songs its light divine,
I know it not; no ray came back to mine.
"A Vision of Poesy - Part 02" by Henry Timrod

In news:

In the center of the holiday whirl .
Backstage before a show, the world's all a whirl .
Van Wert to give wind power a whirl .
A Whirl of Activity for Obama on First European Trip as President.
FACETIME- Cheryl's whirl : Multi-tasking mom approaches the bench.
At Art Basel's Weekend Parties, a Literal Social Whirl .
Check out Anthony Sanders, editor and owner of the St Louis Metro Evening Whirl .
A whirling or circling course (as of events).
The state's largest fish hatchery is expected to be free from whirling disease by May.
A wild, whirling 'Anna Karenina'.
The Whirling Sound of Planet Dickens.
Whirling disease found in Utah lake.
Boning Up On Thread Whirling 's Advantages.
These are but wild and whirling words.
"The whirl the way it ought to be".

In science:

Using WHIRL { an information integration system { we are able to implement di(cid:11)erent recommendation algorithms derived from information retrieval principles.
Technical Paper Recommendation: A Study in Combining Multiple Information Sources
We will describe these methods further in the section on WHIRL.
Technical Paper Recommendation: A Study in Combining Multiple Information Sources
For all of our queries, we use WHIRL, a system speci(cid:12)cally designed for informationintegration tasks (Cohen,  b; Cohen & Hirsh,  ).
Technical Paper Recommendation: A Study in Combining Multiple Information Sources
WHIRL computes similarity using the \vector-space" representation to model text (Salton,   ).
Technical Paper Recommendation: A Study in Combining Multiple Information Sources
So far, we have discussed how we can use WHIRL to formulate queries involving a single information source for both reviewers and papers.
Technical Paper Recommendation: A Study in Combining Multiple Information Sources