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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WHIR

He was prepared for the whir of the dial now but still it frightened him a little.

For a long time I heard nothing but the whir and roar of the fire.

It flared there, with noises like the whir of wings, with rumbles as of thunder.

We hear the whir of the crescent-shaped arms opening as they descend.

They were deep in the forest when they heard a whir overhead.

Then, oh, the whir and whisper of the autumn wind among the trees!

Presently a brace of prairie-chickens rose with a whir of wings.

Sometimes there was a double click and a whir and another click.

After another cannon, a three-cushion one to judge by the whir, I argued no more.

He could hear, for he had turned quickly at the whir of pigeon-wings behind him.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, Scottish, "fling, hurl," probably from Old Norse hvirfla, frequentative of hverfa "to turn" (see wharf). Cf. Danish hvirvle, Dutch wervelen, German wirbeln "to whirl." Related: Whirred; whirring.

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