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English noun: whirl

1. whirl (event) confused movement


SamplesHe was caught up in a whirl of work.
A commotion of people fought for the exits.


Synonymscommotion


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

2. whirl (shape) the shape of something rotating rapidly


Synonymsconvolution, swirl, vortex


Broader (hypernym)round shape

3. whirl (act) a usually brief attempt


SamplesHe took a crack at it.
I gave it a whirl.


Synonymscrack, fling, go, offer, pass


Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

4. whirl (act) the act of rotating rapidly


SamplesHe gave the crank a spin.
It broke off after much twisting.


Synonymsspin, twirl, twist, twisting


Broader (hypernym)rotary motion, rotation


Narrower (hyponym)birling, logrolling, pirouette


English verb: whirl

1. whirl (motion) turn in a twisting or spinning motion


SamplesThe leaves swirled in the autumn wind.


ExamplesThe wooden sticks whirl


Synonymsswirl, twiddle, twirl


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go around, revolve, rotate

2. whirl (motion) cause to spin


SamplesSpin a coin.


ExamplesThe girls whirl the wooden sticks


Synonymsbirl, spin, twirl


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)circumvolve, rotate

3. whirl (motion) flow in a circular current, of liquids


Synonymseddy, purl, swirl, whirlpool


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)course, feed, flow, run

4. whirl (motion) revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis


SamplesThe dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy.


Synonymsgyrate, reel, spin, spin around


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go around, revolve, rotate


Narrower (hyponym)whirligig

5. whirl (motion) fly around


SamplesThe clothes tumbled in the dryer.
Rising smoke whirled in the air.


Synonymstumble, whirl around


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)move









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