ETYM Cf. Dan. hvirvel, Swed. hvirfvel, Icel. hvirfill the crown of the head, German wirbel whirl, crown of the head, Dutch wervel. Related to Whirl.
1. Confused movement; SYN. commotion.
2. The shape of something rotating rapidly; SYN. swirl, vortex, convolution.
1. To cause to spin; SYN. birl, spin, twirl.
2. To fly around, as of paper on the sidewalk, or clothes in a dryer, or rising smoke in the wind; SYN. swirl, tumble, whirl around.