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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.


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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