whirligig


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whirligig

1. any spinning toy, such as a top
2. another name for windmill (the toy)
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The second beetle, found at Loch of Strathbeg near Aberdeen, was a whirligig called Gyrinus paykulli which is found mainly in lochs.
The scientific parallel to Transtromer's metaphor of 'the great unknown' he holds steady can well be the so-called Mach principle, which states that every single inertial movement, let us say the spinning of a whirligig, is dependent on the total mass of matter in the universe.
This ungainly object, a sprawling steel gadget a few metres taller than the Statue of Liberty, immediately set off a search for comparisons in the public press: a crashed version of the Eiffel Tower, a whirligig or helter skelter from a fun fair, a recycled version of Vladimir Tatlin's unbuilt monument for the Third International (1920) with its spiralling structure and revolving chambers.
That whirligig summed up the fascination with Fallon then.
Succession there was none; this passion burned as if at the world's inharmonious core some demigod kept lyric time, and turned the whirligig of chance into the crafted flower.
How long has it been since you've looked out over a spread that didn't have a fleet of splashing, swimming, bobbing decoys or a whirligig mallard on a pole with a handy remote-control feature?
Equal parts the heady whirligig nostalgia trip of old kids' shows like Jamie and The Magic Torch and the music of experimental Krautrockers like Can, Super Furry Animals' weirdisation of pop music continues apace with Dark Days/Light Years - it's unbelievably fresh-sounding for what's nine albums into a bonkers career of nearly 20 years.
At last Woolly Bear finds a whirligig beetle friend to snuggle up next to for the winter.
Q Where can I find a collapsible whirligig dryer to take to our caravan?
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Basics of Science.
The canon; a whirligig tour of the beautiful basics of science.