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A swirl in water

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English swirlen (to eddy; swirl). Cognate with Norwegian svirla (to whirl around; swirl). Compare also Swedish svirra, Danish svirre, German schwirren.

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swirl (third-person singular simple present swirls, present participle swirling, simple past and past participle swirled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To twist or whirl, as an eddy.
    I swirled my brush around in the paint.
    • Charles Kingsley
      The river swirled along.
    • 2012 May 13, Alistair Magowan, “Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      The contest was a lot more even in the second half, as the wind swirled around the Stadium of Light, but it took Craig Gardner's superb block to prevent Young getting on the scoresheet.
  2. To be arranged in a twist, spiral or whorl.
  3. (figuratively) to circulate

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NounEdit

swirl (plural swirls)

  1. A whirling eddy.
  2. A twist or coil of something.

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