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Definitions of whorl

  1. A circle of two or more leaves, flowers, or other organs, about the same part or joint of a stem. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve shell. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The fly of a spindle. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. A circular arrangement of leaves, petals, etc., around a, common center; one of the turns of a spiral shell. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A number of leaves in a whirl or circle round the stem. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A set of leaves, etc., distributed in a circle in a single plane. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A turn, as of a spiral shell. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. An arrangement of a number of leaves or flowers around a stem, in the same plane with each other; a volution or turn of the spire of a univalve. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. Any set of organs or appendages arranged in a circle round an axis, and in, or very nearly in, a plane perpendicular to it; a turn of the spire of a univalve shell; leaves arranged in a regular circumference round a stem. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. The spiral turn of a univalve shell; a circle of flowers or parts of a flower arising from one point. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  12. Whorled. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for whorl

  1. Each spindle is driven separately by means of a tape or band which passes partially round the driving cylinder and the driven whorl of the spindle, and a constant relation obtains between the delivery of the yarn and the speed of the spindle during the operation of spinning any fixed count or type of yarn. – The Jute Industry: From Seed to Finished Cloth by T. Woodhouse and P. Kilgour
  2. A streak of yellow and a flaming whorl had shot athwart the sky; dawn was breaking swiftly in the Arctic east. – The Ice Pilot by Henry Leverage
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