whirl

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. spin[ning], gyration, turn; flutter, tizzy, confusion; pirouette. —v. spin, twirl, turn, rotate, revolve, gyre, gyrate; dance, pirouette. See rotation.
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(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Rapid rotating motion]
Syn. swirl, turn, flurry, spin, gyration, reel, surge, whir; see also revolution 1 .
2. [Confusion]
Syn. hurry, flutter, fluster, ferment, agitation, tempest, storm, rush, tumult, turbulence, commotion, hurly-burly, bustle, the dizzy rounds*.
v.
Syn. turn around, rotate, spin, gyrate, wheel, swirl, twirl, revolve, gyre, turn, turn upon itself.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
spin, twirl, wheel, gyrate, reel, turn, rotate, revolve, swirl, pivot, pirouette.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To rotate rapidly: spin, swirl, twirl. See REPETITION. 2. To move or cause to move like a rapid rotary current of liquid: eddy, swirl. See MOVE, REPETITION. 3. To have the sensation of turning in circles: reel, spin, swim, swirl. See REPETITION. 4. To move swiftly: bolt, bucket, bustle, dart, dash, festinate, flash, fleet, flit, fly, haste, hasten, hurry, hustle, pelt2, race, rocket, run, rush, sail, scoot, scour2, shoot, speed, sprint, tear1, trot, whisk, whiz, wing, zip, zoom. Informal: hotfoot, rip. Slang: barrel, highball. Chiefly British: nip1. Idioms: get a move on, get cracking, go like lightning, go like the wind, hotfoot it, make haste, make time, make tracks, run like the wind, shake a leg, step (or jump) on it. See MOVE. II noun 1. Circular movement around a point or about an axis: circuit, circulation, circumvolution, gyration, revolution, rotation, turn, wheel. See GEOMETRY, REPETITION. 2. Agitated, excited movement and activity: bustle, flurry, stir1, whirlpool. See CALM. 3. Informal. A trip in a motor vehicle: drive, ride, run. Informal: spin. See MOVE. 4. Informal. A brief trial: crack, go, stab, try. Informal: fling, shot, whack. See TRY.

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  • whirl — whirl; whirl·er; whirl·ey; whirl·i·cote; whirl·ing·ly; whirl·wig; whirl·i·gig; …   English syllables

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  • whirl — ► VERB 1) move rapidly round and round. 2) (of the head or mind) seem to spin round. ► NOUN 1) a rapid movement round and round. 2) frantic activity: the mad social whirl. 3) a sweet or biscuit with a spiral shape. ● …   English terms dictionary

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  • whirl — [n1] spin, revolution circle, circuit, circulation, circumvolution, flurry, gyration, gyre, pirouette, reel, roll, rotation, round, surge, swirl, turn, twirl, twist, wheel, whir, whirlpool; concepts 152,738 whirl [n2] commotion, confusion ado*,… …   New thesaurus

  • whirl — [hwʉrl, wʉrl] vi. [ME whirlen < ON hvirfla, akin to hverfa: see WHIR] 1. to move rapidly in a circular manner or as in an orbit; circle swiftly [couples whirling round the dance floor] 2. to rotate or spin fast; gyrate 3. to move, go, drive,… …   English World dictionary

  • Whirl — Whirl, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whirled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whirling}.] [OE. whirlen, probably from the Scand.; cf. Icel. & Sw. hvirfla, Dan. hvirvle; akin to D. wervelen, G. wirbeln, freq. of the verb seen in Icel. hverfa to turn. [root]16. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whirl — Whirl, v. i. [1913 Webster] 1. To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to revolve or rotate with great speed; to gyrate. The whirling year vainly my dizzy eyes pursue. J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster] The wooden engine flies and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whirl — index commotion Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • whirl — vb 1 twirl, spin, wheel, swirl, *turn, revolve, rotate, gyrate, circle, pirouette, eddy 2 *reel, stagger, totter …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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