Pronunciation: (hwûrl, hwôrl, wûrl, wôrl), [key]
1. a circular arrangement of like parts, as leaves or flowers, around a point on an axis; verticil.
2. one of the turns or volutions of a spiral shell.
3. anything shaped like a coil.
4. one of the central ridges of a fingerprint, forming at least one complete circle.
5. Textiles.a flywheel or pulley, as for a spindle.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.