I. verb Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to move with an eddying or whirling motion <
swirling water
b. to pass in whirling confusion 2. to have a twist or convolution transitive verb to cause to swirl <
swirled her drink
swirlingly adverb II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. a whirling mass or motion ; eddy b. whirling confusion <
a swirl of events
2. a twisting shape, mark, or pattern 3. an act or instance of swirling

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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