whirl - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlewhirling
past tensewhirled
past participlewhirled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to spin quickly in circles

    He whirled the sword around his head.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if your mind, thoughts, or feelings whirl, you feel very confused or upset

    His mind was still whirling with the music and the lights.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to turn quickly, usually to look at someone or something
    whirl around/about:

    A horn blew just behind her, and she whirled around.