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 for whirling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Whirl \Whirl\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whirled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Whirling.] [OE. whirlen, probably from the Scand.; cf.
     Icel. & Sw. hvirfla, Dan. hvirvle; akin to D. wervelen, G.
     wirbeln, freq. of the verb seen in Icel. hverfa to turn.
     [root]16. See Wharf, and cf. Warble, Whorl.]
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     1. To turn round rapidly; to cause to rotate with velocity;
        to make to revolve.
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              He whirls his sword around without delay. --Dryden.
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     2. To remove or carry quickly with, or as with, a revolving
        motion; to snatch; to harry. --Chaucer.
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              See, see the chariot, and those rushing wheels,
              That whirled the prophet up at Chebar flood.
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              The passionate heart of the poet is whirl'd into
              folly.                                --Tennyson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Whirling \Whirl"ing\,
     a. & n. from Whirl, v. t.
     [1913 Webster]
     Whirling table.
     (a) (Physics) An apparatus provided with one or more
         revolving disks, with weights, pulleys, and other
         attachments, for illustrating the phenomena and laws of
         centrifugal force, and the like.
     (b) A potter's wheel.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of rotating in a circle or spiral [syn: gyration,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  35 Moby Thesaurus words for "whirling":
     angular momentum, angular motion, angular velocity, axial motion,
     bowling, centrifugation, circulation, circumgyration,
     circumrotation, full circle, gyrating, gyration, pivoting, reeling,
     revolution, revolving, roll, rolling, rotating, rotation,
     rotational motion, spin, spinning, swinging, swirling, swiveling,
     trolling, trundling, turbination, turning, twirling, volutation,
     volution, wheeling, whir

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