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WHIRL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does whirl mean? 

WHIRL (noun)
  The noun WHIRL has 4 senses:

1. confused movement
2. the shape of something rotating rapidly
3. a usually brief attempt
4. the act of rotating rapidly

  Familiarity information: WHIRL used as a noun is uncommon.


WHIRL (verb)
  The verb WHIRL has 5 senses:

1. turn in a twisting or spinning motion
2. cause to spin
3. flow in a circular current, of liquids
4. revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
5. fly around

  Familiarity information: WHIRL used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


WHIRL (noun)


Sense 1whirl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Confused movement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

whirl; commotion

Context examples:

he was caught up in a whirl of work / a commotion of people fought for the exits

Hypernyms ("whirl" is a kind of...):

motion; movement (a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something)


Sense 2whirl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The shape of something rotating rapidly

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

convolution; swirl; vortex; whirl

Hypernyms ("whirl" is a kind of...):

round shape (a shape that is curved and without sharp angles)


Sense 3whirl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A usually brief attempt

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

fling; offer; go; whirl; crack; pass

Context examples:

he took a crack at it / I gave it a whirl

Hypernyms ("whirl" is a kind of...):

attempt; effort; endeavor; endeavour; try (earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something)


Sense 4whirl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of rotating rapidly

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

spin; twirl; twisting; twist; whirl

Context examples:

he gave the crank a spin / it broke off after much twisting

Hypernyms ("whirl" is a kind of...):

rotary motion; rotation (the act of rotating as if on an axis)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "whirl"):

pirouette ((ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet))

birling; logrolling (rotating a log rapidly in the water (as a competitive sport))


WHIRL (verb)


Sense 1whirl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turn in a twisting or spinning motion

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

swirl; twiddle; twirl; whirl

Context example:

The leaves swirled in the autumn wind

Hypernyms (to "whirl" is one way to...):

go around; revolve; rotate (turn on or around an axis or a center)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

The wooden sticks whirl


Sense 2whirl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to spin

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

birl; twirl; whirl; spin

Context example:

spin a coin

Hypernyms (to "whirl" is one way to...):

circumvolve; rotate (cause to turn on an axis or center)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

The girls whirl the wooden sticks


Sense 3whirl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Flow in a circular current, of liquids

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

eddy; purl; whirlpool; swirl; whirl

Hypernyms (to "whirl" is one way to...):

course; feed; flow; run (move along, of liquids)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 4whirl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

spin around; spin; reel; gyrate; whirl

Context example:

The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy

Hypernyms (to "whirl" is one way to...):

go around; revolve; rotate (turn on or around an axis or a center)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "whirl"):

whirligig (whirl or spin like a whirligig)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 5whirl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fly around

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

whirl around; tumble; whirl

Context examples:

The clothes tumbled in the dryer / rising smoke whirled in the air

Hypernyms (to "whirl" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


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