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swirl about someone or something

[for something, such as dust or a fluid] to circle and wind about someone or something. The snow swirled about me as I walked along. The smoke swirled about the tiny campfire.
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swirl around

[for dust or a fluid] to circle around. The liquid swirled around in the flask as Toby shook it up. Dust swirled around the room in the sunlight.
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swirl around

1. To move with a twisting or whirling motion; eddy: It's hard to fly a kite when the wind swirls around like this.
2. To move around something with a twisting or whirling motion, as in an eddy: As I stood in the river, the water swirled around my legs. The snow swirled around us.
3. To apply something in swirls over some area: The baker swirled the icing around the cake. I swirled syrup around the pancakes.
4. To circulate among some group of people in response to a particular subject: Rumors swirled around Hollywood.
5. To circulate or occur in response to something or someone that is controversial, provocative, or secretive: Rumors swirled around the governor. Controversy swirled around the new budget.
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The analysis was accomplished with different inlet swirling intensity (0[degrees], 10[degrees], 15[degrees], 20[degrees] and 25[degrees]) to visualize the effect of swirl on the performance of annular diffuser in terms of pressure recovery.
The calculation method presented here is also applicable to atomizers with a swirling insert.
Tornado Touchdown: Scientists think downdrafts of cooled air yank the swirling mesocyclone toward the ground, At the same time, updrafts stretch the whirlwind vertically, speeding it up and tightening it into a narrow and violent tornado.
I whispered, "We'll have to go to him, so let's keep out of sight, go farther down the ridge to get out of this swirling wind, cross the creek, and climb the steep cut on the other side.
We toss our baited hooks into the stream and wait for the swirling trout to bite.
In a sense, the picture is an emblem of Ruskin's life and character: in the swirling waves, despairing limbs, light and paint there is already a sketch of the interconnected tissue of ideas and feelings about reality, society, art and nature which informed Ruskin throughout his life.
Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil to wok, swirling to coat sides.
The ball scene alone is worth the price of admission, with the stately, swirling choreography set to Prokofiev's dark, brooding score, also performed by the Austin symphony.
TORNADO is a unique automotive device that creates a swirling motion in the air intake systems of automobile engines.
Therefore, the straight impinging jet array and the swirling impinging jet are presented to solve this problem Yang [2] presented the heat transfer results of jet impingement cooling on a semi-circular concave surface and clearly explained the significant effects of the nozzle geometry and the curvature of the plate Both the jet array and the swirling jet can strengthen the heat transfer as well as uniform the temperature distribution on the impinging surface.
Imagine a hurricane with an eye in the shape of a propeller amid the swirling clouds.
The exhibition began outside, on the street: Drawings were painted on the gallery windows--long, multicolor, swirling, interlaced strokes.
Start by making the caramel and swirling it in the dish.
The TORNADO is a unique, non-moving turbine-shaped automotive device that creates a swirling motion in the air intake systems of automobile engines.
Swirling flows through annular diffusers have been investigated by Sovran and Klomp [3], Shrinath [4] Hoadley [7], Colodipietro et al.