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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Whirl

WHIRL, verb transitive hwurl. [G., to whirl to warble. Latin ] TO turn round rapidly; to turn with velocity.

He whirls his sword around without delay.

WHIRL, verb intransitive

1. To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; as the whirling spindles of a cotton machine or wheels of a coach.

The wooden engine flies and whirls about.

2. To move hastily.

--But whirld away, to shun his hateful sight.

WHIRL, noun [G.]

1. A turning with rapidity or velocity; rapid rotation or circumvolution; quick gyration; as the whirl of a top; the whirl of a wheel; the whirl of time; the whirls of fancy.

2. Any thing that moves or is turned with velocity, particularly on an axis or pivot.

3. A hook used in twisting.

4. In botany, a species of inflorescence, consisting of many subsessile flowers surrounding the stem in a ring. It is also written whorl and wherl.