whirl




A whirl is a quick spin, and when something whirls, it rotates fast. You can also use it to mean “a try.” Hang-gliding? Snake-charming? “Sure,” you say. “I’ll give it a whirl.”

Both whirl and spin are words that mean “turn in circles” but that have also come to mean trying something briefly––you might take a car for a spin or take a turn hiking in the Himalayas. All imply an attitude so free-wheeling, so easy, so devil-may-care that it might make your head spin. Or whirl.

Definitions of whirl
  1. noun

    the shape of something rotating rapidly

    synonyms:
    convolution, swirl, vortex
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    type of:

    round shape

    a shape that is curved and without sharp angles

  2. noun

    the act of rotating rapidly

    synonyms:
    spin, twirl, twist, twisting
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    types:

    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)
    type of:

    rotary motion, rotation

    the act of rotating as if on an axis

  3. noun

    confused movement

    “he was caught up in a
    whirl of work”
    synonyms:
    commotion
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    type of:

    motion, movement

    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

  4. noun

    a usually brief attempt

    “I gave it a
    whirl
    synonyms:
    crack, fling, go, offer, pass
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    type of:

    attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

  5. verb

    turn in a twisting or spinning motion

    synonyms:
    swirl, twiddle, twirl
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    type of:

    go around, revolve, rotate

    turn on or around an axis or a center

  6. verb

    revolve quickly and repeatedly around one’s own axis

    “The dervishes
    whirl around and around without getting dizzy”
    synonyms:
    gyrate, reel, spin, spin around
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    types:

    whirligig

    whirl or spin like a whirligig
    type of:

    go around, revolve, rotate

    turn on or around an axis or a center

  7. verb

    flow in a circular current, of liquids

    synonyms:
    eddy, purl, swirl, whirlpool
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    type of:

    course, feed, flow, run

    move along, of liquids

  8. verb

    fly around

    “rising smoke
    whirled in the air”
    synonyms:
    tumble, whirl around
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    type of:

    move

    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

  9. verb

    cause to spin

    synonyms:
    birl, spin, twirl
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    type of:

    circumvolve, rotate

    cause to turn on an axis or center

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