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English definition of “swirl”


verb [always + adv/prep]  /swɜrl/ us  
to move quickly with a twisting circular movement, or to cause something to move this way: [I] Snowflakes swirled down from the sky. [I] fig. Accusations continue to swirl around him. [T] I swirled cocoa through the dough.
noun [C]  /swɜrl/ us  
We arrived in a swirl of jet fumes.
(Definition of swirl from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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