Definition of swirl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//swɜːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɜːrl//
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  1. 1the movement of something that twists and turns in different directions and at different speeds The dancers left the stage in a swirl of skirts.
  2. 2a pattern or an object that twists in circles The material is yellow with blue swirls on it. The cakes were topped with swirls of cream.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (originally Scots in the sense ‘whirlpool’): perhaps of Low German or Dutch origin; compare with Dutch zwirrelen ‘to whirl’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: swirl

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