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swirl about

1. To move around in a twisting, winding, gyrating motion. Dust swirled about the old shed as we stepped inside. Blood swirled about in the water as it dripped from my hand into the sink.
2. To encircle and move around someone or something in a twisting, winding, gyrating motion. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swirl" and "about." Cold water swirled about my ankles as I stood fishing in the stream. Smoke swirled about the people as they fled the war-stricken village.
3. To spread and circulate among a particular group of people or in response to the actions of a particular person or thing. Fearful uncertainty has been swirling about the population as the government continues to threaten its secession from the trade union. Scandal continue to swirl about the disgraced movie producer as more and more people come forward to allege abuse and mistreatment.
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swirl around

1. To move around in a twisting, winding, gyrating motion. Dust swirled around the old shed as we stepped inside. Blood swirled around in the water as it dripped from my hand into the sink.
2. To encircle and move around someone or something in a twisting, winding, gyrating motion. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swirl" and "around." Cold water swirled around my ankles as I stood fishing in the stream. Smoke swirled around the people as they fled the war-stricken village.
3. To spread and circulate among a particular group of people or in response to the actions of a particular person or thing. Fearful uncertainty has been swirling around the population as the government continues to threaten its secession from the trade union. Scandal continue to swirl around the disgraced movie producer as more and more people come forward to allege abuse and mistreatment.
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down with the swirl

slang Agreeable to or interested in dating someone of another race, most commonly when one person in the relationship is white and the other is black. A: "I didn't realize she was down with the swirl." B: "Oh yeah, her boyfriend is black."
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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

v.
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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Councilor Reyes said the swirling wind was first spotted in Barangay Suba.
In this study, the axial and tangential velocities W and U, respectively, were measured at the outlet of a diffuser with a swirling jet hot wire anemometer triple probes.
Swirling dust also plagued the visit to Al-Khuraibah where Charles was shown the ruins of a 6th-century settlement.
The prediction of the swirling flow characteristics in the combustor can be done using numerical simulation in order to optimize the design.
They find that the swirling of the flow elevates heat transfer in the channels, and two distinct regions can be identified in the friction factor and Nusselt number plots, namely, a no-swirl and a swirl region.
Yotzer, "Performance characteristics of a gas burner with a swirling central flame, " Energy, vol.
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.
In a simple pressure swirl atomizer (Giffen and Muraszew 1953; Lefevbre 1983, 1989; Bayvel & Orzechowski 1993; Ramamurthi & Tharakan 1995, 1998), swirling motion is imparted to the liquid inside the atomizer by passing it through a swirling chamber, which results in a tangential velocity component in the flow.
It is a myth that the direction of swirling is different.
Washington, June 12 (ANI): In a new research, scientists have described the aerodynamic secret of twirling seeds of maple trees, which might have implications for the design of swirling parachutes and micro-helicopters.
Primary atomisation is achieved as the liquid passes through the swirling air.
Teacher Christopher Neil, 32, digitally disguised his face with a swirling shape before posting pictures of him sexually abusing at least a dozen Vietnamese and Cambodian boys on the internet.
It is alleged Neil, 32, a teacher, disguised digital pictures of himself abusing children by swirling his face.
Swirling helps you observe the wine, says Lawrence, "noting its color, weight, and depth." Then, taking small sips, taste the wine.
348), I didn't see a "pentagonal shape" in the swirling water.