to move around or along with a whirling motion; whirl; eddy.
to be dizzy or giddy, as the head.
to cause to whirl; twist.
a swirling movement; whirl; eddy.
a twist, as of hair around the head or of trimming on a hat.
any curving, twisting line, shape, or form.
- swirl·ing·ly, adverb
- outswirl, verb (used with object)
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How to use swirl in a sentence
Another strong offering is “Wave Relief,” a wall piece whose incised, blue-tinted swirls are the show’s closest thing to representational imagery.In the galleries: Immersive exhibit explores a wonderland in blue | Mark Jenkins | January 22, 2021 | Washington Post
The stuffed breast slices up with a swirl of cranberry throughout.Make it a one-pan Thanksgiving with stuffed turkey breast, sweet potatoes and green beans | Ellie Krieger | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
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.
Of course since 2018, there’s been a swirl of new ways to go public.
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.The Coming Civil War: Iron Man Vs. Captain America 3 | Rich Goldstein | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Tales still swirl about the strange forest ruins and mysterious happenings that have occurred around Gedi.Kenya Has Its Own Machu Picchu—the Lost Town of Gedi | Nina Strochlic | September 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rumors swirl that pay equity or her management style are to blame.Jill Abramson Fired from the Times: Was It About Money and Sexism—Or Management Style? | Lloyd Grove | May 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
He knew that Myra had been carried this way and that in the great, cruel, indifferent swirl that was life.The Hidden Places | Bertrand W. Sinclair
What if the dust did swirl up in blinding sheets from the south?The Lion's Brood | Duffield Osborne
The swirl of the current swept him into the shallower stream below.The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
He was trapped in a blinding swirl of radiance, with darkness above it.The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for swirl
to turn or cause to turn in a twisting spinning fashion
(intr) to be dizzy; swim: my head was swirling
a whirling or spinning motion, esp in water
a whorl; curl
the act of swirling or stirring
- swirling, adjective
- swirlingly, adverb
- swirly, adjective
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