Verb · A primitive root

Or חיל chîyl; a primitive root; properly, to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner), i.e. (specifically) to dance, to writhe in pain (especially of parturition) or fear; figuratively, to wait, to pervert:—bear, (make to) bring forth, (make to) calve, dance, drive away, fall grievously (with pain), fear, form, great, grieve, (be) grievous, hope, look, make, be in pain, be much (sore) pained, rest, shake, shapen, (be) sorrow(-ful), stay, tarry, travail (with pain), tremble, trust, wait carefully (patiently), be wounded.


  1. to twist, whirl, dance, writhe, fear, tremble, travail, be in anguish, be pained
    1. (Qal)
      1. to dance
      2. to twist, writhe
      3. to whirl, whirl about
    2. (Polel)
      1. to dance
      2. to writhe (in travail with), bear, bring forth
      3. to wait anxiously
    3. (Pulal)
      1. to be made to writhe, be made to bear
      2. to be brought forth
    4. (Hophal) to be born
    5. (Hithpolel)
      1. whirling (participle)
      2. writhing, suffering torture (participle)
      3. to wait longingly
    6. (Hithpalpel) to be distressed

Usages (1/2)

Psalms 10:5

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Proverbs 8:24

When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

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