twirl

  • 1 Twirl — Twirl, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Twirled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Twirling}.] [Cf. AS. [thorn]wiril a churn staff, a stirrer, flail, [thorn]weran, [=a][thorn]weran, to agitate, twirl, G. zwirlen, quirlen, to twirl, to turn round or about, quirl a twirling… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 twirl´er — twirl «twurl», verb, noun. –v.t. 1. to revolve rapidly; spin; whirl: »to twirl a baton. 2. to turn around and around idly: »He twirled his umbrella as he walked. 3. to twist; curl …

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  • 3 twirl — [twə:l US twə:rl] v [I and T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Perhaps from a Scandinavian language] to turn around and around or make something do this twirl around/round ▪ Couples were twirling around the dance floor. twirl sth around/round ▪ She… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 twirl — twirl·er; twirl·i·gig; twirl; …

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  • 5 twirl — [twʉrl] vt., vi. [prob. < Scand, as in Norw dial. tvirla, to twirl, akin to OE thwirel, stirring rod < IE base * twer , to whirl, stir up > TURBID] 1. to rotate rapidly; spin 2. to turn rapidly in a circle; whirl around 3. to twist or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 Twirl — Twirl, v. i. To revolve with velocity; to be whirled round rapidly. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 Twirl — Twirl, n. 1. The act of twirling; a rapid circular motion; a whirl or whirling; quick rotation. [1913 Webster] 2. A twist; a convolution. Woodward. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 twirl — 1590s (n. and v.), of uncertain origin, possibly connected with O.E. þwirl a stirrer. Or else a blend of TWIST (Cf. twist) and WHIRL (Cf. whirl). Related: Twirled; twirling …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 twirl — vb *turn, revolve, rotate, gyrate, circle, spin, whirl, wheel, eddy, swirl, pirouette …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 twirl — [v] turn around circularly gyrate, gyre, pirouette, pivot, purl, revolve, rotate, spin, turn, twist, wheel, whirl, whirligig, wind; concepts 150,152 Ant. straight, untwirl, untwist …

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  • 11 twirl — ► VERB ▪ spin quickly and lightly round. ► NOUN 1) an act of twirling. 2) a spiralling or swirling shape, especially a flourish made with a pen. DERIVATIVES twirler noun twirly adjective. ORIGIN probab …

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  • 12 TWIRL — In cryptography and number theory, TWIRL (The Weizmann Institute Relation Locator) is a hypothetical hardware device designed to speed up the sieving step of the general number field sieve integer factorization algorithm. During the sieving step …

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  • 13 twirl — I UK [twɜː(r)l] / US [twɜrl] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms twirl : present tense I/you/we/they twirl he/she/it twirls present participle twirling past tense twirled past participle twirled to move in circles, or to make something move …

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  • 14 twirl — twirl1 [ twɜrl ] verb intransitive or transitive to move in circles, or make something move in circles: twirl a baton The dancers twirled around to the music. twirl twirl 2 [ twɜrl ] noun count a quick turning movement: do a twirl: She did a neat …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 twirl — [[t]twɜ͟ː(r)l[/t]] twirls, twirling, twirled 1) V ERG If you twirl something or if it twirls, it turns around and around with a smooth, fairly fast movement. [V n] Bonnie twirled her empty glass in her fingers... [V prep/adv] All around me leaves …

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  • 16 twirl — I. verb Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect tvirla to twirl; akin to Old High German dweran to stir Date: 1598 intransitive verb 1. to revolve rapidly 2. to pitch in a baseball game transitive verb 1. to cause to… …

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  • 17 twirl — /twerrl/, v.t. 1. to cause to rotate rapidly; spin; revolve; whirl. 2. to twiddle: to twirl my thumbs. 3. to wind idly, as about something. v.i. 4. to rotate rapidly; whirl. 5. to turn quickly so as to face or point in another direction. n. 6. an …

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  • 18 twirl — 1. noun /ˈtwɜː(ɹ)l/ A movement where one spins round elegantly; a pirouette. 2. verb /ˈtwɜː(ɹ)l/ a) To perform a twirl. b) To rotate …

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  • 19 twirl — verb Twirl is used with these nouns as the object: ↑baton, ↑moustache, ↑pen, ↑pencil, ↑strand …

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  • 20 twirl — n British a prison officer. An item of prisoners jargon recorded in the 1990s. Twirl in the sense of a (skeleton) key is an archaic piece of underworld argot dat ing back to the 19th century …

    Contemporary slang