maelstrom


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mael·strom

 (māl′strəm)
n.
1. A violent or turbulent situation: caught in the maelstrom of war.
2. A whirlpool of extraordinary size or violence.

[Obsolete Dutch : Dutch malen, to grind, whirl (from Middle Dutch; see melə- in Indo-European roots) + Dutch stroom, stream (from Middle Dutch; see sreu- in Indo-European roots).]

maelstrom

(ˈmeɪlstrəʊm)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a large powerful whirlpool
2. any turbulent confusion
[C17: from obsolete Dutch maelstroom, from malen to grind, whirl round + stroom stream]

Maelstrom

(ˈmeɪlstrəʊm)
n
(Placename) a strong tidal current in a restricted channel in the Lofoten Islands off the NW coast of Norway

mael•strom

(ˈmeɪl strəm)

n.
1. a powerful whirlpool often hazardous to approach.
2. a tumultuous state of affairs.
3. (cap.) a powerful current off the NW coast of Norway.
[1550–60; < early Dutch maelstroom, representing mal(en) to grind + stroom stream. See meal2, stream]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maelstrom - a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)maelstrom - a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
current, stream - a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes); "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air"; "the hose ejected a stream of water"
Charybdis - (Greek mythology) a ship-devouring whirlpool lying on the other side of a narrow strait from Scylla

maelstrom

noun
1. whirlpool, swirl, eddy, vortex, Charybdis (literary) a maelstrom of surf and confused seas
2. turmoil, disorder, confusion, chaos, upheaval, uproar, pandemonium, bedlam, tumult Inside, she was a maelstrom of churning emotions.
Translations
maëlstromtourbillon
malström

maelstrom

[ˈmeɪlstrəʊm] Ntorbellino m, remolino m

maelstrom

[ˈmeɪlstrɒm] n (= confused situation) → maelström m, tourbillon m

maelstrom

n (lit rare)Malstrom m; (fig)Malstrom m (liter), → Sog m; he returned to the maelstrom of public lifeer kehrte in den Trubel des öffentlichen Lebens zurück

maelstrom

[ˈmeɪlstrəʊm] n (frm) → turbine m, vortice m
References in classic literature ?
and I'll chase him round Good Hope, and round the horn, and round the norway maelstrom, and round perdition's flames before I give him up.
So close did the monster come to the hull, that at first it seemed as if he meant it malice; but suddenly going down in a maelstrom, within three rods of the planks, he wholly disappeared from view, as if diving under the keel.
Our turbines scream shrilly; the propellers cannot bite on the thin air; Tim shunts the lift out of five tanks at once and by sheer weight drives her bullet wise through the maelstrom till she cushions with jar on an up-gust, three thousand feet below.
The therns on their side would hasten to rescue the girl, and in an instant the two would be swallowed in the vortex of a maelstrom of yelling devils, hacking and hewing at one another, like fiends incarnate.
Instantly the ape-man became the center of a whirling, striking, biting maelstrom of horror.
And others saw, from Helium's lofty landing stages and from a thousand hangars upon a thousand roofs; but only for an instant did the preparations stop that would send other brave men into the frightful maelstrom of that apparently hopeless search, for such is the courage of the warriors of Barsoom.
For a moment they stood valiantly before his attack, but after two had grappled with him and been hurled headlong to the floor they gave up and rushed incontinently out into the maelstrom of the screaming tempest.
I have been in the thick of life so long that I am oppressed by the peace and quiet, and I cannot forbear from dwelling upon that mad maelstrom of death and destruction so soon to burst forth.
As I stood speculating upon our chances once we settled into the frightful Maelstrom beneath us and at the same time mentally computing the hours which must elapse before aid could reach us, the wireless operator clambered up the ladder to the bridge, and, disheveled and breathless, stood before me at salute.
As they note, all too often when a crisis comes, "senior executives are often thrown into this maelstrom with little or no guidance or preparation.
Thrust into the Middle East maelstrom as a journalist, he witnesses the birth of the Oslo peace process under Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, then watches momentum toward a lasting peace crumble in the wake of rejectionist bus bombers and revanchist Jewish settlers.
Wisely, lyrical flashes of bittersweet levity, like the offhanded way he mutters "I love your depression / And your double chin" on q-he Animals Were Gone," are seeded throughout the emotional maelstrom.