1. [ verb ] turn in a twisting or spinning motion
Synonyms: swirl twirl twiddle

"The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"

Related terms: revolve pitcher spin
2. [ verb ] cause to spin
Synonyms: twirl spin birl

"spin a coin"

Related terms: rotate spin spinner
3. [ verb ] revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
Synonyms: spin spin_around reel gyrate

"The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"

Related terms: revolve whirligig rotation spin whirler whirling_dervish spinner
4. [ noun ] confused movement
Synonyms: commotion

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

Related terms: movement
5. [ verb ] flow in a circular current, of liquids
Synonyms: swirl purl eddy whirlpool gurge
Related terms: run eddy
6. [ noun ] the shape of something rotating rapidly
Synonyms: swirl convolution vortex
Related terms: round_shape eddy
7. [ noun ] a usually brief attempt
Synonyms: fling go pass offer crack

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

Related terms: attempt
8. [ verb ] (music) fly around, as of paper on the sidewalk, or clothes in a dryer, or rising smoke in the wind
Synonyms: tumble whirl_around skirl
Related terms: move play music
9. [ noun ] the act of rotating rapidly
Synonyms: twist twirl twisting spin

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

Related terms: rotation birling pirouette spin twirl twist
Similar spelling:   whorl