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a- +‎ swirl



aswirl (not comparable)

  1. Swirling; in a swirl; full of or surrounded by something swirling.
    • 1922, DuBose Heyward and Hervey Allen, “The Pirates” in Carolina Chansons, New York: Macmillan, p. 30,[1]
      A burst of cloudy topsails
      Go blowing swiftly by,
      With the stars aswirl behind them
      Like bright dust down the sky.
    • 1983, Joseph Brodsky, “Lithuanian Nocturne” in To Urania, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, p. 8,[2]
      snow’s aswirl like the ashes from burnt-out celestial wards,
    • 1993, Kim Stanley Robinson, Green Mars, New York: Bantam, Part 1,[3]
      The air was aswirl with screaming gulls.
    • 2007 January 19, Stephen Holden, “A Producer for All Seasons (Also Juggles)”, in New York Times[4]:
      An ebullient woman aswirl in colorful layers of bargain-basement clothes and zany hats, Barbara Siegel also happens to be chairwoman of the Drama Desk nominating committee.