1 whirl, spin, eddy, churn, circulate, gyrate, surge, boil, seethe:
Faster and faster the water swirled round in the maelstrom.
2 twist, whirl, whorl, curl, roll, furl, spin, curve, spiral, twirl, wind (round):
She swirled her hair round her head and fastened it with a large clip.
3 twist, whirl, curl, roll, twirl, spiral:
At the fabric exhibition swirls of textiles were decoratively displayed.