whirl: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (hwûrl, wûrl), [key]
- to turn around, spin, or rotate rapidly: The merry-go-round whirled noisily.
- to turn about or aside quickly: He whirled and faced his pursuers.
- to move, travel, or be carried rapidly along: She whirled along the freeway in her new car.
- to feel as though spinning rapidly; reel as from dizziness: My head began to whirl.
- to cause to turn around, spin, or rotate rapidly.
- to send, drive, or carry in a circular or curving course.
- to drive, send, or carry along with great or dizzying rapidity.
- to hurl.
- the act of whirling; rapid rotation or gyration.
- a whirling movement; quick turn or swing.
- a short drive, run, walk, or the like; spin.
- something that whirls; a whirling current or mass.
- a rapid round of events, affairs, etc.: a whirl of meetings, conferences, and business lunches.
- a state marked by dizziness or a dizzying succession of feelings, thoughts, etc.
- an attempt or trial, esp. one undertaken tentatively or experimentally: Even if you don't agree with my plan, won't you give it a whirl?
- whip (def. 29).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.