Middle English Dictionary Entry

whirl n.
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Note: Cp. wherve n.
(a) A small circular weight placed on a spindle to serve as a flywheel, a pulley used in the operation of a spinning wheel, a spindle whorl; ?also, a small circular object serving to attach or hold movable parts of a complex device [quot. ?a1479]; (b) child ~, a toy in the form of a wheel or sphere, a whirligig or top; (c) ?a bread or pastry in the form of a ring or twist; (d) in phrase: currus et ~, a light carriage or cart designed to carry persons, a whirlicote; (e) in surname [quot. 1327] and place names [see Smith PNElem.1.272].