v. twirled, twirl·ing, twirls
1. To rotate or revolve briskly; swing in a circle; spin: twirled a baton to lead the band.
2. To twist or wind around: twirl thread on a spindle.
1. To move or spin around rapidly, suddenly, or repeatedly: The pinwheel twirled in the breeze.
2. To whirl or turn suddenly; make an about-face: twirled in the direction of the noise.
3. Baseball To pitch.
1. The act of twirling or the condition of being twirled; a quick spinning or twisting.
2. Something twirled; a twist: a twirl of cotton candy.
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