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Definition 1: a usually brief attempt - [noun denoting act]

Samples where whirl or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he took a crack at it
  • I gave it a whirl

Synonyms for whirl in the sense of this definition

(whirl is a kind of ...) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

"made an effort to cover all the reading material" "wished him luck in his endeavor" "she gave it a good try"

Definition 2: the act of rotating rapidly - [noun denoting act]

Samples where whirl or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he gave the crank a spin
  • it broke off after much twisting

Synonyms for whirl in the sense of this definition

(whirl is a kind of ...) the act of rotating as if on an axis

"the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music"

(... is a kind of whirl ) (ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet)

(... is a kind of whirl ) rotating a log rapidly in the water (as a competitive sport)

Definition 3: confused movement - [noun denoting event]

Samples where whirl or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was caught up in a whirl of work
  • a commotion of people fought for the exits

Synonyms for whirl in the sense of this definition

(whirl is a kind of ...) a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

Definition 4: the shape of something rotating rapidly - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for whirl in the sense of this definition

(whirl is a kind of ...) a shape that is curved and without sharp angles

Definition 5: flow in a circular current, of liquids - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for whirl in the sense of this definition

(whirl is a kind of ...) move along, of liquids

"Water flowed into the cave" "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"

Definition 6: turn in a twisting or spinning motion - [verb of motion]

Samples where whirl or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The leaves swirled in the autumn wind

Synonyms for whirl in the sense of this definition

(whirl is a kind of ...) turn on or around an axis or a center

"The Earth revolves around the Sun" "The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire"

Definition 7: cause to spin - [verb of motion]

Samples where whirl or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • spin a coin

Synonyms for whirl in the sense of this definition

(whirl is a kind of ...) cause to turn on an axis or center

"Rotate the handle"

Definition 8: fly around - [verb of motion]

Samples where whirl or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The clothes tumbled in the dryer
  • rising smoke whirled in the air

Synonyms for whirl in the sense of this definition

(whirl is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

Definition 9: revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis - [verb of motion]

Samples where whirl or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy

Synonyms for whirl in the sense of this definition

(whirl is a kind of ...) turn on or around an axis or a center

"The Earth revolves around the Sun" "The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire"

(... is a kind of whirl ) whirl or spin like a whirligig

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