verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of swirl
Examples from the Web for swirl
Thousands of people are posting videos on YouTube while they gargle and swirl oil in their mouths.
That is the context I keep revisiting amidst the condemnations that swirl this week around the Nuge.
Pour the batter in the pan and swirl so that the batter coats the bottom part of the pan.
Bassam handed me a large piece, with no attempt to wave away the swirl of winged insects dive-bombing from all directions.
Once he had the boots on, the man continued along Seventh Avenue and disappeared into the Times Square swirl.
A trail of bubbles and a swirl of the surface of the lake marked where she had disappeared.Dorothy Dale's Great Secret|Margaret Penrose
The swirl of water rose and fell three feet at a time, with enough force to throw the strongest man off his balance.His Unknown Wife|Louis Tracy
Down they went, but a swirl in the treacherous waves swept the boat two or three fathoms to leeward.The Lifeboat|R.M. Ballantyne
The next moment there was a swirl of water as a vigorous young trout rose to the surface, and the butterfly disappeared.Followers of the Trail|Zoe Meyer
He had watched her from the steps until she had reached the end of the Square where the swirl of passing traffic had engulfed her.The Kingdom Round the Corner|Coningsby Dawson
Word Origin for swirl
early 15c., "whirlpool, eddy," originally Scottish, perhaps related to dialectal Norwegian svirla or Dutch zwirrelen "to whirl." The meaning "whirling movement" is from 1818.
1510s, with an isolated instance from 14c.; from swirl (n.). Related: Swirled; swirling.