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Webster 1913 Edition


Whorl

Whorl

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Noun.
[OE.
whorvil
the whirl of a spindle; akin to AS.
hweorfa
the whirl of a spindle,
hweorfan
to turn; cf. OD.
worvel
the whirl of a spindle. See
Whirl
,
Noun.
&
Verb.
]
1.
(Bot.)
A circle of two or more leaves, flowers, or other organs, about the same part or joint of a stem.
2.
(Zool.)
A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve shell.
3.
(Spinning)
The fly of a spindle.

Webster 1828 Edition


Whorl

WHORL

, WHORLE. [See Whirl.]

Definition 2022


whorl

whorl

English

Noun

whorl (plural whorls)

  1. A pattern of concentric circles.
  2. (botany) A circle of three or more leaves, flowers, or other organs, about the same part or joint of a stem.
  3. (zoology) A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve shell.
  4. (archaic) A flywheel, a weight attached to a spindle, compare 1460.

Translations

Verb

whorl (third-person singular simple present whorls, present participle whorling, simple past and past participle whorled)

  1. (intransitive) To form a pattern of concentric circles.
    • 2008 February 12, Jennifer Dunning, “Modern Style, Old-Fashioned Virtues”, in New York Times:
      “Waves Against the Sand,” to music by Martinu, which opened the program, filled the stage space with whorling patterns of dancers surging with the gentle but ceaseless momentum of the sea.

References

  • whorl in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • whorl in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • whorl, Glossary of Terms, American Rhododendron Society