- 1Move in a twisting or spiraling pattern: the smoke was swirling around him (as adjective swirling) • figurative a flood of swirling emotionsMore example sentences
- My blood was swirling in a spiral pattern, before finally mixing with the water and turning it red.
- Shawn's whole world swirled, and twisted, making him want to throw up, but he stayed conscious.
- This fish had other ideas, it twisted and swirled but slowly inch by inch it came to the landing net.
- 1.1 [with object] Cause to move in a twisting or spiraling pattern: swirl a little cream into the soupMore example sentences
- Instead, she picked up a strawberry, swirled it in the cream and brought it to her mouth.
- Sour cream swirls: swirl a dollop of sour cream or yogurt into thick soups.
- By running a comb through the water the oil paints are swirled together to form a marble pattern.
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- 1A quantity of something moving in a swirl: swirls of dust swept across the floorMore example sentences
- The road, where at points the wind raised swirls of white dust without itself being felt, was as lonely as though no one had ever been along it.
- I heard the wind whisper as I stood there in the swirls of dust.
- The occasional gust of wind sent little swirls of dust and debris flying through the air, and dead bodies littered the ground.
- 1.1A twisting or spiraling movement or pattern: she emerged with a swirl of skirts swirls of colorMore example sentences
- Here and there, a detail attracts more precise rendering; a hand, a face, a small insect emerge from the swirl of color.
- I watched them drop a compound of powder in the vats and saw the swirls of colour turn the vats purple, or blue or any colour.
- There was a swirl of movement in the dimly lit alcove.
late Middle English (originally Scots in the sense 'whirlpool'): perhaps of Low German or Dutch origin; compare with Dutch zwirrelen 'to whirl'.