1. nvt. To wind, twist, writhe, crank, turn, screw, drill, bore; to dial, crank, or ring up, as on the telephone; to roll up, as a mat; crank, coil, lock, as of hair. See maʻi wili, wili lauoho. Wili mawaho, whip [on a sewing machine]. Wili Koʻolau, Koʻolau whirlwind [careless, hurried work]. Ma ka ʻākau, wili, right, turn. Ua wili ʻia kou niho me ka mīkini wili, your tooth was drilled with the drill. hoʻo.wili To wind, coil, twine, drill, turn; to mill about, as a school of fish. (PPN wili.)
2. n. Mill, drill, wrench, bit; various implements or machines used for turning are listed below. Cf. hale wili. Nā mea wili (Nah. 11.8), mills.
3. n. Spirals of several colors in composite leis, as of the cigar flower (kīkā).
4. n. A bird (no data). (KL. line 420).