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"Whirl" is a noun which is often translated as "el giro", and "swirl" is a noun which is often translated as "el remolino". Learn more about the difference between "whirl" and "swirl" below.
whirl
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (spin)
a. el giro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I could hear the whirl of the hurricane last night.Pude oír el giro del huracán anoche.
b. la vuelta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I felt a whirl of emotions.Sentí una vuelta de emociones.
2. (nature)
a. el remolino
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Clark had to be careful of the whirl he saw on the surface of the lake.Clark tuvo que tener cuidado del remolino que vio sobre el superficie del lago.
b. el torbellino
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The whirl of dust forced me to continue with my eyes shut.El torbellino de polvo me obligó a continuar con los ojos cerrados.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to spin)
a. hacer girar
The ballerina's dance partner whirled her as she did a pirouette en pointe.El compañero de baile de la bailarina la hizo girar mientras ella hizo una pirueta sobre puntas.
4. (to transport; used with "off")
a. llevar
A limo driver whirled us off to the art gallery in time for the gala.Un conductor de limusina nos llevó a la galería de arte a tiempo para la gala.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to spin; used with "around")
a. girar
Trevor watched the lights as the carousel whirled around.Trevor miró las luces mientras giraba el carrusel.
b. arremolinarse
When I saw the water start to whirl around, I didn't know what to do.Cuando vi el agua empezar a arremolinarse, no sabía qué hacer.
c. dar vueltas
Ann whirled around in the air while the spectators applauded.Ann dio vueltas en el aire mientras los espectadores aplaudieron.
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swirl
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (whirl)
a. el remolino
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A swirl of dust whirred through the abandoned village.Un remolino de polvo flotaba por las calles del pueblo abandonado.
b. la voluta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Timoteo saw the swirl of smoke coming from the chimney of a house.Timoteo vio la voluta del humo que salía de la chimenea de una casa.
c. el espiral
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The children sat watching the swirls that formed in the creek.Los niños se sentaron a mirar los espirales que se formaban en el arroyo.
d. el movimiento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The coordinated swirl of the dancers' skirts is very showy.El movimiento coordinado de las faldas de las bailarinas es muy llamativo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to spin)
a. arremolinarse
The dust swirled above the riot in the town center.El polvo se arremolinaba encima del motín en el centro del pueblo.
b. girar
Xiomara's blue and white dress swirled as she danced to the music.El vestido blanco y azul de Xiomara giraba mientras bailaba con la música.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to cause to spin)
a. revolver
Put a bit of butter in the gravy and swirl it until it dissolves.Pon un poquito de mantequilla en la salsa y revuélvela hasta que se disuelva.
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