AskDefine | Define swirl

Dictionary Definition

swirl n : the shape of something rotating rapidly [syn: whirl, vortex, convolution]


1 turn in a twisting or spinning motion; "The leaves swirled in the autumn wind" [syn: twirl, twiddle, whirl]
2 flow in a circular current, of liquids [syn: eddy, purl, whirlpool, whirl]

User Contributed Dictionary




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

Derived terms


a whirling eddy
a twist or coil of something


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


a whirling eddy
a twist or coil of something

Extensive Definition

Swirl may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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