To swirl is to turn in circles or spirals, the way a leaf caught in a whirlpool swirls, or a toy duck swirls in the bathtub as you empty the water out.

Smoke might swirl up from your campfire, keeping the mosquitos that swirl through the air nearby from biting you. Or you can swirl on a carnival ride that spins you in circles until you step back onto the ground and the world swirls for a while, until you regain your balance. Swirl is a noun, too, as in a swirl of dust. It was originally Scottish for "whirlpool."

Definitions of swirl
  1. verb
    turn in a twisting or spinning motion
    “The leaves swirled in the autumn wind”
    synonyms: twiddle, twirl, whirl
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    type of:
    go around, revolve, rotate
    turn on or around an axis or a center
  2. verb
    flow in a circular current, of liquids
    synonyms: eddy, purl, whirl, whirlpool
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    type of:
    course, feed, flow, run
    move along, of liquids
  3. noun
    the shape of something rotating rapidly
    synonyms: convolution, vortex, whirl
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    type of:
    round shape
    a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
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