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Definition of the noun swirl

What does swirl mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: swirls

  1. the shape of something rotating rapidly
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonyms of swirl: convolution / vortex / whirl
    • more generic term: round shape = a shape that is curved and without sharp angles

Alternative definition of the noun swirl


  1. a whirling eddy
  2. a twist or coil of something

Definition of the verb swirl

What does swirl mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: swirled | swirling | swirls

  1. turn in a twisting or spinning motion
    • example: The leaves swirled in the autumn wind
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Path Preposition] [Location]Cora coiled the rope around the postVerbs of Putting: loop, roll, rotate, spin, twine, whirl, wind
      [Theme - nonrigid elongated] [Verb] [Adverb] [Path Preposition] [Location]That type of rope coils easily around the post
      [Theme - nonrigid elongated] [Verb] [Path Preposition] [Location]The rope coiled around the post
      there [Verb] [Theme, indefinite]There fluttered a flag (over the fort)Verbs of Existence: bob, bow, creep, dance, drift, eddy, falter, flap, float, flutter, hover, jiggle, joggle, oscillate, pulsate, quake, quiver, revolve, rock, roil, rotate, shake, stir, sway, teeter, throb, totter, tremble, undulate, vacillate, vibrate, waft, wave, waver, wiggle, wobble, writhe
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]The patriots waved the flag
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb]A flag fluttered
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]A flag fluttered over the fort | Bees are swarming in the garden
      [Locative Preposition] [Location] [Verb] [Theme]In the aquarium swam a striped fish | Over the fort fluttered a flag
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of swirl: twiddle / twirl / whirl
    • more generic terms: go around / revolve / rotate = turn on or around an axis or a center
  2. flow in a circular current, of liquids

Alternative definition of the verb swirl


  1. To twist or whirl, as an eddy
  2. To be arranged in a twist, spiral or whorl


  1. "Swirl" is a 2011 Brazilian drama film directed by Clarissa Campolina and Helvécio Marins Jr.
  2. "Swirl" is a 2003 romantic comedy film written and directed by Les Wilson.


"Swirl" is a book written by Susan McCabe.

  • genre: Poetry
  • released in (13 years ago)
  • award: - Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry nomination for Susan McCabe


  1. "Swirl" is a musical album of Sprung Monkey.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  2. "Swirl" is a musical single of Josh Wink.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  3. "Swirl" is a musical album of Here.
    • released in (23 years ago)


Swirl were a Sydney, Australia-based indie rock band, forming around 1990 and breaking up in 2002. They released three albums and a number of EP's, mostly through independent Sydney label Half A Cow.


  1. Swirl is a publisher.
  2. Swirl is a record label.


Swirl is an African wild dog.


Swirl is an American anti-racist grassroots organization, incorporated in 2000, that serves the mixed heritage community. It aims to develop a national consciousness around mixed heritage issues to empower members to organize and take action towards progressive social change.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Swirl

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Google previewStrangely Wonderful (2013)

by James Barrett Rodehaver

in the area, and love poetry, art, or want to create a fan-base for your work, Mad Swirl is the place to start! God. Last, but certainly not least, is God. Without God, 406.

Google previewSingled Out (2007)

How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After by Bella DePaulo, Ph.D.

The social swirl is a fantasy, at least after age 30 or so, ...

Google previewControl of Particulate Matter from Oil Burners and Boilers (1976)

The swirl is a part of the whole aerodynamic flow pattern of the burner- combustion chamber configuration and generates recirculation into the oil jet. As the swirl is increased both the internal and external entrainment to the jet increases.

Google previewAutomotive Electricity (2013)

Electric Drive by Joseph Beretta

The swirl is the rotation movement of gases contained without the cylinder, around its axis. Specialists characterize this movement by the “number of swirls”, which is the ratio of the speed of rotation of the gases to the engine speed.

Google previewThe Berkshire News (1946)

A swirl is a group of hairs, found most often just above the tail or on the back, that part and grow in all directions causing a spot on the body of the hog to appear more or less bare, instead of lying flat as the natural hair coat would grow.

Google previewDictionary of Automotive Engineering (2016)

by Don Goodsell

swirl Orderly rotation of ...

Google previewWords, Lexemes, Concepts, Approaches to the Lexicon (1999)

Studies in Honour of Leonhard Lipka by Wolfgang Falkner, Hans-Jörg Schmid

Swirl: semantic. motivation. in. English. trade. names. used. in. Germany. WOLFGANG. FALKNER. 1. Introduction1 Trade names of English origin are widespread in the discourse of advertising in Germany. The use of brand names, company ...

Google previewDictionary of English Etymology (1859)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood (M.A.)

swirl, a tool for drilling holes ; Du. dwarlen, to whirl ; E. twirl. The notion of shaking is one of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia and Handbook of Materials, Parts and Finishes, Third Edition (2016)

by Mel Schwartz

Part surfaces had a characteristic swirl pattern caused by the blowing agent, some of which becomes trapped between...

The principal process variables that control the swirl pattern are mold temperature, melt temperature, injection rate, and ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

whiten swing, pirouette, twirl, swirl, roll, circle, orbit 2 deflect, stray, shift, deviate, diverge, veer, swerve, digress, wander, reverse, recant, rethink, reconsider. wheel and deal Slang finagle, connive, scheme, wangle, maneuver, intrigue, conspire ...

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Usage statistics about swirl

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun swirl:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb swirl:


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Quotes about Swirl

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. (James A. Michener)
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Scrabble value of S1W4I1R1L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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