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Definition of whirl verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    whirl

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//wɜːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whirl
    BrE BrE//wɜːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrl//
     
    he / she / it whirls
    BrE BrE//wɜːlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrlz//
     
    past simple whirled
    BrE BrE//wɜːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrld//
     
    past participle whirled
    BrE BrE//wɜːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrld//
     
    -ing form whirling
    BrE BrE//ˈwɜːlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrlɪŋ//
     
    Excitement
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move, or make somebody/something move, around quickly in a circle or in a particular direction synonym spin (+ adv./prep.) Leaves whirled in the wind. She whirled around to face him. the whirling blades of the helicopter whirl somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) Tom whirled her across the dance floor.
  2. 2[intransitive] if your mind, thoughts, etc. whirl, you feel confused and excited and cannot think clearly synonym reel I couldn't sleep—my mind was whirling from all that had happened. So many thoughts whirled around in her mind. See related entries: Excitement
  3. Word Origin Middle English: the verb probably from Old Norse hvirfla ‘turn about’; the noun partly from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wervel ‘spindle’, or from Old Norse hvirfill ‘circle’, from a Germanic base meaning ‘rotate’.Extra examples He grasped her wrist and whirled her back to face him. He whirled her around the dance floor. She whirled on him, furious. She whirled round and round, flinging out her arms. The gulls were whirling and shrieking in the sky above. They ducked to avoid the whirling blades of the helicopter.
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