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whirl

whirl

 
pronunciation:
wuhrl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: whirled, whirling, whirls
definition 1: to revolve, spin, or move rapidly in a circular motion.
He turned on the fan, and the blade whirled.The light snow whirled in the cold air.
synonyms:
revolve, spin
similar words:
gyrate, reel, roll, rotate, swirl, twirl
definition 2: to turn or change direction suddenly; wheel about.
He whirled around to glare at me.
synonyms:
wheel
similar words:
about-face, chop, pivot, swing, swivel, twirl
definition 3: to have a sensation of spinning rapidly; reel.
His head whirled after riding the roller coaster.
synonyms:
reel, spin, swirl
similar words:
turn
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to give a rapid spinning or turning motion to; cause to revolve.
He whirled his partner on the dance floor.
synonyms:
spin, twirl
similar words:
revolve, rotate, swirl
definition 2: to drive or carry along very rapidly or in a circular or curving direction.
The wind whirled the newspaper across the park.
similar words:
flutter, swirl
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or motion of whirling.
synonyms:
spin
similar words:
gyration, reel, rotation, swirl, twirl, whirligig, whorl
definition 2: a state or sensation of dizziness or confusion.
Their philosophical discussion left my head in a whirl.
synonyms:
spin
similar words:
reel
definition 3: that which moves or happens rapidly, as a series of events; bustle.
a whirl of social activity
synonyms:
bustle
similar words:
flurry, flutter, romp, rush, vortex, whirlwind
definition 4: something that whirls or is whirled.
a whirl of dust
similar words:
whir, whirlwind, whorl
definition 5: (informal) a short ride for pleasure, as in an automobile.
synonyms:
spin
similar words:
joy ride, ride, trip, turn
definition 6: (informal) a quick attempt or trial.
Let's give this idea a whirl.
synonyms:
crack, go, try
similar words:
attempt, trial
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