2. To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving motion; to snatch; to harry. See, see the chariot, and those rushing wheels, That whirled the prophet up at Chebar flood. (milton) The passionate heart of the poet is whirl'd into folly. (Tennyson)
Origin: OE. Whirlen, probably from the Scand.; cf. Icel. & Sw. Hvirfla, Dan. Hvirvle; akin to D. Wervelen, G. Wirbeln, freq. Of the verb seen in Icel. Hverfa to turn. See Wharf, and cf. Warble, Whorl.
1. To be turned round rapidly; to move round with velocity; to revolve or rotate with great speed; to gyrate. The whirling year vainly my dizzy eyes pursue. The wooden engine flies and whirls about. (Dryden)
1. A turning with rapidity or velocity; rapid rotation or circumvolution; quick gyration; rapid or confusing motion; as, the whirl of a top; the whirl of a wheel. In no breathless whirl. The rapid . . . Whirl of things here below interrupt not the inviolable rest and calmness of the noble beings above. (south)
4. (Science: botany) A whorl. See Whorl.
Origin: Cf. Dan. Hvirvel, Sw. Hvirfvel, Icel. Hvirfill the crown of the head, G. Wirbel whirl, crown of the head, D. Wervel. See Whirl.