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  • 1 whirl — ► VERB 1) move rapidly round and round. 2) (of the head or mind) seem to spin round. ► NOUN 1) a rapid movement round and round. 2) frantic activity: the mad social whirl. 3) a sweet or biscuit with a spiral shape. ● …

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  • 2 whirl — [n1] spin, revolution circle, circuit, circulation, circumvolution, flurry, gyration, gyre, pirouette, reel, roll, rotation, round, surge, swirl, turn, twirl, twist, wheel, whir, whirlpool; concepts 152,738 whirl [n2] commotion, confusion ado*,… …

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  • 3 round — [adj1] ball shaped; semicircular area annular, arced, arched, arciform, bent, bowed, bulbous, circular, coiled, curled, curved, curvilinear, cylindrical, discoid, disk shaped, domical, egg shaped, elliptical, globose, globular, looped, orbed,… …

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  • 4 whirl — [hwʉrl, wʉrl] vi. [ME whirlen < ON hvirfla, akin to hverfa: see WHIR] 1. to move rapidly in a circular manner or as in an orbit; circle swiftly [couples whirling round the dance floor] 2. to rotate or spin fast; gyrate 3. to move, go, drive,… …

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  • 5 Whirl — Whirl, v. i. [1913 Webster] 1. 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. J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster] The wooden engine flies and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 whirl|i|gig — «HWUR lee gihg», noun. 1. a) a toy that whirls, twirls, or spins around. b) Obsolete. a top2. 2. = merry go round. (Cf. ↑merry go round) 3. Figurative. a) anything that whirls: »the whirligig of politics. b) a whirling movement …

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  • 7 whirl|pool — «HWURL POOL», noun. 1. a current of water whirling round and round rapidly and violenty; eddy or vortex of water: »The swimmer caught in the whirlpool had hard work to keep from drowning. 2. anything like a whirlpool: »little whirlpools of snow,… …

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  • 8 Whirl — Whirl, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whirled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whirling}.] [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. [root]16. See… …

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  • 9 whirl-about — whirlˈ about noun 1. The act of whirling about 2. Anything that turns round rapidly • • • Main Entry: ↑whirl …

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  • 10 whirl bone — noun 1. The round head of a bone turning in a socket 2. The knee cap • • • Main Entry: ↑whirl …

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  • 11 whirl — verb move or cause to move rapidly round and round. ↘move rapidly. ↘(of the head or mind) seem to spin round. noun 1》 a rapid movement round and round. 2》 frantic activity: the mad social whirl. 3》 a sweet or biscuit with a spiral shape: a… …

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  • 12 whirl — /wɜl / (say werl) verb (i) 1. to turn round, spin, or rotate rapidly. 2. to turn about or aside quickly. 3. to move, travel, or be carried rapidly along on wheels or otherwise. 4. to have the sensation of turning round rapidly. –verb (t) 5. to… …

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  • 13 whirl — v. & n. v. 1 tr. & intr. swing round and round; revolve rapidly. 2 tr. & intr. (foll. by away) convey or go rapidly in a vehicle etc. 3 tr. & intr. send or travel swiftly in an orbit or a curve. 4 intr. a (of the brain, senses, etc.) seem to spin …

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  • 14 round — Synonyms and related words: Attic, Charybdis, Chateaubriand, Ciceronian, Indian file, O, O shaped, SRO, about, absolute, ace, admitting no exception, again, air lane, all but, all over, all out, almost, ambagious, ambit, amount, annular, annular… …

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  • 15 whirl — whirl1 [wə:l US wə:rl] v [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language] 1.) [I and T] to turn or spin around very quickly, or to make someone or something do this ▪ We watched the seagulls whirling and shrieking over the harbour …

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  • 16 whirl — [[t](h)wɜ͟ː(r)l[/t]] whirls, whirling, whirled 1) V ERG If something or someone whirls around or if you whirl them around, they move around or turn around very quickly. [V adv/prep] Not receiving an answer, she whirled round... [V n adv/prep] He… …

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  • 17 whirl — whirler, n. whirlingly, adv. /hwerrl, werrl/, v.i. 1. to turn around, spin, or rotate rapidly: The merry go round whirled noisily. 2. to turn about or aside quickly: He whirled and faced his pursuers. 3. to move, travel, or be carried rapidly… …

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  • 18 round — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. circular, annular, spherical, globular, cylindrical; approximate. See circularity, rotundity, numeration. n. revolution, cycle; circuit, ambit, course, itinerary, beat; series, catch, rondeau;… …

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  • 19 whirl — [[t](h)wɜrl, wɜrl[/t]] v. i. 1) to spin or rotate rapidly 2) to turn about or aside quickly 3) to move or be carried rapidly along: to whirl down the freeway[/ex] 4) to experience confusion or dizziness: My head is whirling[/ex] 5) to cause to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 whirl — {{11}}whirl (n.) early 15c., flywheel of a spindle, from WHIRL (Cf. whirl) (v.). The meaning act of whirling is recorded from late 15c.; figurative sense of confused activity is recorded from 1550s. Colloquial sense of tentative attempt is… …

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