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5 definitions found
 for twirl
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Twirl \Twirl\, v. i.
     To revolve with velocity; to be whirled round rapidly.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Twirl \Twirl\, n.
     1. The act of twirling; a rapid circular motion; a whirl or
        whirling; quick rotation.
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     2. A twist; a convolution. --Woodward.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Twirl \Twirl\ (tw[~e]rl), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Twirled
     (tw[~e]rld); 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,
     querlen 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.
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           See ruddy maids,
           Some taught with dexterous hand to twirl the wheel.
                                                    --Dodsley.
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           No more beneath soft eve's consenting star
           Fandango twirls his jocund castanet.     --Byron.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  twirl
      n 1: a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop
           is pulled tight [syn: kink, twist, twirl]
      2: the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it
         broke off after much twisting" [syn: spin, twirl,
         twist, twisting, whirl]
      v 1: turn in a twisting or spinning motion; "The leaves swirled
           in the autumn wind" [syn: twirl, swirl, twiddle,
           whirl]
      2: cause to spin; "spin a coin" [syn: whirl, birl, spin,
         twirl]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  77 Moby Thesaurus words for "twirl":
     Charybdis, Maelstrom, back stream, backflow, backwash, backwater,
     centrifugate, centrifuge, cirrus, coil, contort, convolution,
     corkscrew, countercurrent, counterflow, counterflux, crinkle, curl,
     curlicue, dizzy round, eddy, evolute, gulf, gurge, gyrate, gyre,
     helix, intort, involute, kink, maelstrom, meander, pirouette, purl,
     rat race, reel, refluence, reflux, regurgitation, revolution,
     revolve, ringlet, roll, rotate, round, scallop, screw, scroll,
     serpentine, slink, snake, spin, spinning, spiral, surge, swirl,
     tendril, turn, turning, twine, twirling, twist, twist and turn,
     volute, volution, vortex, wheel, whirl, whirligig, whirling,
     whirlpool, whirlwind, whorl, wind, winding, worm, wring
  
  

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