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swirl

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v swirl flow in a circular current, of liquids
    • v swirl turn in a twisting or spinning motion "The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"
    • n swirl the shape of something rotating rapidly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Swirl A whirling motion; an eddy, as of water; a whirl. "The silent swirl of bats."
    • v. t. & i Swirl To whirl, or cause to whirl, as in an eddy. "The river swirled along."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • swirl To form eddies; whirl in eddies; have a whirling motion; whirl about.
    • swirl To give a whirling motion to.
    • n swirl A whirling motion; an eddy, as of water; gyration; whirl.
    • n swirl Hence Specifically, in angling, the rush of a fish through the water when it rises to a fly.
    • n swirl A twist or convolution, as in the grain of wood; a curl; a spot marked by swirling.
    • n swirl Same as swire, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Swirl swėrl to sweep along with a whirling motion
    • n Swirl whirling motion, as of wind or water: a curl or twist: the rush of a fish through the water in rising to a fly
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Quotations

  • James Anderton
    James Anderton
    “Everywhere I go I see increasing evidence of people swirling about in a human cesspit of their own making.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to Norw. svirla, to whirl, freq. of sverra, to whirl, Dan. svirre, G. schwirren, to whiz, to buzz. √177. See Swarm (n.)

Usage

In literature:

I tried twice; and the second time I landed him right in the swirl.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Orion strode across the sky, a swirling nebula at his belt.
"The Colors of Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Through Ruth's mind was swirling a multitude of suspicious thoughts.
"Ruth Fielding at the War Front" by Alice B. Emerson
Within thirty feet of the boat the water began to swirl and boil.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
It was risky, and beyond was the water swirling for its race between the bastions.
"A Mating in the Wilds" by Ottwell Binns
The fragment of the broken bridge continued to move around as the swirl of the waters kept turning it.
"Afloat on the Flood" by Lawrence J. Leslie
She turned her legs over deftly to the other side with a swirl of her skirts.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
A swirl of snow followed them, and continued until Gif and Jack managed to close the door once more.
"The Rover Boys on a Hunt" by Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
I saw the scow swirling past, just two feet from us.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
As the light craft got into the swirl, the black water caught it like a feather.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
And the light snow swirled and eddied behind them.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
The next moment there was a swirl of water as a vigorous young trout rose to the surface, and the butterfly disappeared.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
He stalked up and down the room, swirling his slightly odorous black cloak on the turns.
"Sense from Thought Divide" by Mark Irvin Clifton
This, with a swirling and dangerous tide, no craft would be likely to attempt.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
The swirl of the current swept him into the shallower stream below.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
By the time she had reached him, it was only a part of the swirling wall again.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
It swirled and swirled.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
I saw a tiny swirl of purple sparks.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Now there was not a sound, not a breath of wind, not even a snow-swirl.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
Huge, monstrous growths swirled around me like living things.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
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In poetry:

Enter not in a feverish strife,
Nor in a giddying whirl,
For these dry the fountain of life,
And gulfs the soul in a swirl.
"Class Valedictorian" by Frank Barbour Coffin
It rolled and rippled, swept and swirled,
No other sound was nigh;
So that there seemed, in all the world,
Only the stream and I.
"A Border Burn" by Alfred Austin
When I am spent with the ways of men.
I'll wash my hands in melting snow:
And live with thee among the oaks,
And watch the river swirl below.
"The Silver Birch" by Herbert Ashley Asquith
Love is the light of the world, my dear,
Alas for a hopeless hoping,
When the flame went out in the breeze that swirled,
And a soul went blindly groping.
"Lyrics Of Love And Sorrow" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Youth! my wild youth!--O, blood of my heart,
Still you can answer with swirling the thought!
Still like the mountain-born rapid can dart,
Joyous, distraught!...
"The Dying Poet" by Cale Young Rice
Frae the hert o' the warl, wi' a swirl an' a sway,
An' a Rin, burnie, rin,
That water lap clear frae the dark til the day,
An' singin awa did spin,
Wi' its Rin, burnie, rin.
"The Burnie" by George MacDonald

In news:

With King Arthur's DNA swirling in his wiry little body, it's only natural that six-year-old Henry Alfred Grummorson would want to go on a monster-battling quest.
In Auburn Gresham today, the buzz at the voting polls swirled around US Senator Barack Obama, D-Il.
Hurricane Nadine swirls far from land in Atlantic.
While rumors swirl about her relationship status with Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez is focused on bigger and better things, like being named Glamour's 2012 Woman of the Year.
With King Arthur 's DNA swirling in his wiry little body, it's only natural that six-year-old Henry Alfred Grummorson would want to go on a monster-battling quest.
As Tribe keeps laboring, the trade talks keep swirling.
With awards buzz swirling for his perf in "Argo," Alan Arkin is in negotiations to join fellow Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Kim Basinger, as well as Sylvester Stallone, in Warner Bros'.
Craft these twirling, swirling ornaments for your Christmas tree from paper you decorate yourself.
The embattled general manager of the Olympique Marseilles soccer club, at the center of a swirling controversy over allegations he offered rival players bribes to throw a match, resigned today.
Given a swirl of mascarpone, this pleasingly bold, chunky, quick sauce teams well with pasta.
Weekdays from 3-7pm, it's Stevie G and TPot the Afternoon Swirl.
Over a swirling beat that morphs with intensity, the Bay Area MC defiantly weaves her high-pitched flow to describe impressive back-end dance moves.
There has been a great deal of controversy swirling around the recent ad campaign here in Georgia regarding the Childhood Obesity billboards and video.
Amid the swirl of special interests with huge stakes in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, only one can be easily identified by the halo that glows above it: the nonprofit sector.
With all the negative news swirling around football lately, and with the NBA lockout looming.
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In science:

This picture would also resolve the fundamental question swirling around the foundation of the derivation of thermodynamics from mechanics, and of classical physics from quantum as well.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
Roughly speaking, ω at a point in spacetime encodes how an observer located there sees the limitingly close worldlines of the congruence swirling around her.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Field reversals have also been reported in several numerical simulations of the geodynamo and more recently, in a laboratory experiment involving a von Karman swirling flow of liquid sodium (VKS ).
A simple mechanism for the reversals of Earth's magnetic field
A similar result was already sketched by Biagioli in the study of strongly swirled flows, but valid only for asymptotic long times.
Lagrangian formulation of turbulent premixed combustion
In both cases the accretion streams swirl around the nucleus and then merge into the ambient rotational flow.
The Head-on Collision between Two Gas-Rich Galaxies: Neutral Hydrogen Debris from the Centrally-smooth Ring Galaxy VIIZw466
Figure 9a shows that gas swirls out a relatively large distance on the side opposite the main stream, which may account for the HI asymmetry of G2 in Figure 2.
The Head-on Collision between Two Gas-Rich Galaxies: Neutral Hydrogen Debris from the Centrally-smooth Ring Galaxy VIIZw466
The particular method of re-arrangement is based on a picture of a turbulent flow consisting of many swirling eddies, and is constructed to induce scaling in the passive scalar structure functions.
A Simple Passive Scalar Advection-Diffusion Model
Another consequence is the appearance of inertia swirls of expanding matter, which can explain observed velocities around galaxies, again without the intervention of dark matter.
An hypersphere model of the Universe - The dismissal of dark matter
The equation above shows that r ˙φ = constant is the natural inertia condition for the hyperspheric Universe; swirls will be maintained by a radial expansion rate which exactly matches the quotient ˙R/R.
An hypersphere model of the Universe - The dismissal of dark matter
The result is that (8.20) now accepts solutions with constant r ˙j, which is exactly what is observed in many cases; swirls will be maintained by a radial expansion rate which exactly matches the quotient ˙t/t.
Can physics laws be derived from monogenic functions?
Guided only by faint signposts of gravitational attraction, they eventually coalesce into a swirling mass of dust and gas soon to be our home and its sun.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
This paper is devoted to the study of the low Mach number limit for the isentropic Euler system with axisymmetric initial data without swirl.
Low Mach number limit for the isentropic Euler system with axisymmetric initial data
Let (v0,ε, c0,ε ) be a smooth axisymmetric initial data without swirl.
Low Mach number limit for the isentropic Euler system with axisymmetric initial data
Let (t, x) 7→ v(t, x) be a time-dependent smooth axisymmetric vector field without swirl and (t, x) 7→ ψ(t, x) its flow.
Low Mach number limit for the isentropic Euler system with axisymmetric initial data
Let p ∈ [1, +∞[, u be an axisymmetric smooth vector field without swirl and Ω be a smooth vector-valued solution of the equation (CT).
Low Mach number limit for the isentropic Euler system with axisymmetric initial data
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