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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Whirligig \Whirl"i*gig\, n. [Whirl + gig.]
1. A child's toy, spun or whirled around like a wheel upon an
axis, or like a top. --Johnson.
2. Anything which whirls around, or in which persons or
things are whirled about, as a frame with seats or wooden
With a whirligig of jubilant mosquitoes spinning
about each head. --G. W. Cable.
3. A mediaeval instrument for punishing petty offenders,
being a kind of wooden cage turning on a pivot, in which
the offender was whirled round with great velocity.
4. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of beetles belonging
to Gyrinus and allied genera. The body is firm, oval or
boatlike in form, and usually dark colored with a
bronzelike luster. These beetles live mostly on the
surface of water, and move about with great celerity in a
gyrating, or circular, manner, but they are also able to
dive and swim rapidly. The larva is aquatic. Called also
weaver, whirlwig, and whirlwig beetle.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on
which it can be made to spin; "he got a bright red top and
string for his birthday" [syn: top, whirligig,
teetotum, spinning top]
2: a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or
amusement [syn: carousel, carrousel, merry-go-round,
v 1: whirl or spin like a whirligig
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
42 Moby Thesaurus words for "whirligig":
April showers, Ferris wheel, Proteus, carousel, chameleon,
chute-the-chutes, chutes, cloud shapes, disk, flying horses,
gyrate, gyre, kaleidoscope, mercury, merry-go-round, moon,
pirouette, purl, quicksilver, roller, roller coaster,
rolling stone, rotator, rotor, roundabout, rundle, seesaw,
shifting sands, swing, teeter-totter, the weather, top, twirl,
water, weather vane, weathercock, wheel, wheel of fortune, whip,
whirl, whirlabout, whirler
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