Pronunciation: (hwûrl, wûrl),[key] —v.i. 1. to turn around, spin, or rotate rapidly: The merry-go-round whirled noisily. 2. to turn about or aside quickly: He whirled and faced his pursuers. 3. to move, travel, or be carried rapidly along: She whirled along the freeway in her new car. 4. to feel as though spinning rapidly; reel as from dizziness: My head began to whirl.
—v.t. 1. to cause to turn around, spin, or rotate rapidly.
2. to send, drive, or carry in a circular or curving course.
3. to drive, send, or carry along with great or dizzying rapidity.
4. Obs.to hurl.
—n. 1. the act of whirling; rapid rotation or gyration.
2. a whirling movement; quick turn or swing.
3. a short drive, run, walk, or the like; spin.
4. something that whirls; a whirling current or mass.
5. a rapid round of events, affairs, etc.: a whirl of meetings, conferences, and business lunches. 6. a state marked by dizziness or a dizzying succession of feelings, thoughts, etc.
7. an attempt or trial, esp. one undertaken tentatively or experimentally: Even if you don't agree with my plan, won't you give it a whirl? 8. Mach.whip (def. 29).