Definitions for: Twirl


[n] the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting"
[n] a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
[v] cause to spin; "spin a coin"
[v] turn in a twisting or spinning motion; "The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"



Webster (1913) Definition: Twirl, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Twirled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Twirling.] [Cf. AS. [thorn]wiril a churn staff, a stirrer,
flail, [thorn]weran, [=a][thorn]weran, to agitate, twirl, G.
zwirlen, quirlen, to twirl, to turn round or about, quirl a
twirling stick, OHG. dweran to twirl, stir. Cf. Trowel.]
To move or turn round rapidly; to whirl round; to move and
turn rapidly with the fingers.

See ruddy maids, Some taught with dexterous hand to
twirl the wheel. --Dodsley.

No more beneath soft eve's consenting star Fandango
twirls his jocund castanet. --Byron.


Twirl, v. i.
To revolve with velocity; to be whirled round rapidly.


Twirl, n.
1. The act of twirling; a rapid circular motion; a whirl or
whirling; quick rotation.

2. A twist; a convolution. --Woodward.

Synonyms: birl, kink, spin, spin, swirl, twiddle, twist, twist, twisting, whirl, whirl

See Also: bend, birling, circumvolve, crease, crimp, flexure, fold, go around, logrolling, pirouette, plication, revolve, rotate, rotation

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