WHIRL, v.t. hwurl. [G., to whirl, to warble. L.] TO turn round rapidly; to turn with velocity. He whirls his sword around without delay.
WHIRL, v.i. 1. To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; as the whirling spindles of a cotton machine or wheels of a coach.The wooden engine flies and whirls about.2. To move hastily.--But whirld away, to shun his hateful sight.
WHIRL, n. [G.] 1. A turning with rapidity or velocity; rapid rotation or circumvolution; quick gyration; as the whirl of a top; the whirl of a wheel; the whirl of time; the whirls of fancy.2. Any thing that moves or is turned with velocity, particularly on an axis or pivot.3. A hook used in twisting.4. In botany, a species of inflorescence, consisting of many subsessile flowers surrounding the stem in a ring. It is also written whorl and wherl.