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swirl

[ swurl ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to move around or along with a whirling motion; whirl; eddy.
  2. to be dizzy or giddy, as the head.

    Synonyms: spin, reel



verb (used with object)

  1. to cause to whirl; twist.

noun

  1. a swirling movement; whirl; eddy.
  2. a twist, as of hair around the head or of trimming on a hat.
  3. any curving, twisting line, shape, or form.
  4. confusion; disorder.

swirl

/ swɜːl /

verb

  1. to turn or cause to turn in a twisting spinning fashion
  2. intr to be dizzy; swim

    my head was swirling



noun

  1. a whirling or spinning motion, esp in water
  2. a whorl; curl
  3. the act of swirling or stirring
  4. dizzy confusion

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Derived Forms

  • ˈswirlingly, adverb
  • ˈswirling, adjective
  • ˈswirly, adjective

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Other Words From

  • swirling·ly adverb
  • outswirl verb (used with object)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of swirl1

1375–1425; late Middle English (north) < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian svirla; cognate with Dutch zwirrelen to whirl, German (dial.) schwirrlen to totter; all < a root *swir- (whence Danish svirre to whirl, German schwirren to whir) + -l- frequentative suffix

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Word History and Origins

Origin of swirl1

C15: probably from Dutch zwirrelen; related to Norwegian svirla, German schwirren

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Example Sentences

Another strong offering is “Wave Relief,” a wall piece whose incised, blue-tinted swirls are the show’s closest thing to representational imagery.

The stuffed breast slices up with a swirl of cranberry throughout.

Because the sanding disk travels in a random elliptical motion, it won’t leave swirl patterns on surfaces and it isn’t as affected by the direction of the wood grain.

HSBC now risks being caught in deepening turmoil after a swirl of trouble over the past year amid political unrest and an economic slump in its biggest market, Hong Kong.

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Of course since 2018, there’s been a swirl of new ways to go public.

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Hana seeks refuge from the buzzing lights of Otome Road in a nearby café and makes another swirl with her straw.

Rumors swirl as Robert Downey Jr. confirms a return to the role that made the Marvel Universe.

Tales still swirl about the strange forest ruins and mysterious happenings that have occurred around Gedi.

Rumors swirl that pay equity or her management style are to blame.

Thousands of people are posting videos on YouTube while they gargle and swirl oil in their mouths.

But here was one mighty wave that was always itself, and every fluted swirl of it, constant as the wreathing of a shell.

He knew that Myra had been carried this way and that in the great, cruel, indifferent swirl that was life.

What if the dust did swirl up in blinding sheets from the south?

The swirl of the current swept him into the shallower stream below.

He was trapped in a blinding swirl of radiance, with darkness above it.

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