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whirl·pool

 (wûrl′po͞ol′, hwûrl′-)
n.
1. A rapidly rotating current of water; a vortex.
2. Something, such as a situation, that is confusing or tumultuous and is easy to be drawn into or difficult to get out of: was sucked into a whirlpool of despair.
3. A bathtub or pool having jets of warm water that can be directed toward a body part as for therapeutic purposes.

whirlpool

(ˈwɜːlˌpuːl)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a powerful circular current or vortex of water, usually produced by conflicting tidal currents or by eddying at the foot of a waterfall
2. something resembling a whirlpool in motion or the power to attract into its vortex
3. (Furniture) short for whirlpool bath

whirl•pool

(ˈʰwɜrlˌpul, ˈwɜrl-)

n.
1. water in swift circular motion, as that produced by the meeting of opposing currents, often causing a downward spiraling action.
[1520–30]

whirl·pool

(wûrl′po͞ol′)
A rapidly rotating current of water or other liquid, such as one produced by the meeting of two tides.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whirlpool - a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)whirlpool - 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
Verb1.whirlpool - flow in a circular current, of liquids
course, flow, run, feed - move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"

whirlpool

noun vortex, eddy, maelstrom, Charybdis (literary) The upturned boat was swept towards a yawning whirlpool.

whirlpool

noun
Agitated, excited movement and activity:
Translations
دُوّامَه، دُرْدور مائي
vír
strømhvirvel
pyörre
hringiîa, svelgur
vertex
vrtinec
anaforgirdap

whirlpool

[ˈwɜːlpuːl] N
1. (lit) → remolino m (fig) → vorágine f
2. (also whirlpool bath) (= tub) → bañera f de hidromasaje; (= pool) → piscina f de hidromasaje

whirlpool

hwɜːrlpuːl] ntourbillon m

whirlpool

n
(in water) → Strudel m; (fig: = turbulence also) → Durcheinander nt
(pool with water jets) → Whirlpool m

whirlpool

[ˈwɜːlˌpuːl] nmulinello, vortice m

whirl

(wəːl) verb
to move rapidly (round, away etc). She whirled round when I called her name; The wind whirled my hat away before I could grab it.
noun
1. an excited confusion. a whirl of activity; My head's in a whirl – I can't believe it's all happening!
2. a rapid turn.
ˈwhirlpool noun
a circular current in a river or sea, caused by opposing tides, winds or currents.
ˈwhirlwind noun
a violent circular current of wind with a whirling motion.

whirlpool

n bañera de hidromasaje, tina de hidromasaje (esp. Mex)
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How they ever grew up alive in that whirlpool of boys was a mystery to their grandma and aunts, but they flourished like dandelions in spring, and their rough nurses loved and served them well.
For upwards of twenty years before this epoch, the independent position of the Collector had kept the Salem Custom-House out of the whirlpool of political vicissitude, which makes the tenure of office generally so fragile.
As a whirlpool of boiling waters has a centre point, so, all this raging circled round Defarge's wine-shop, and every human drop in the caldron had a tendency to be sucked towards the vortex where Defarge himself, already begrimed with gunpowder and sweat, issued orders, issued arms, thrust this man back, dragged this man forward, disarmed one to arm another, laboured and strove in the thickest of the uproar.
He ceas'd; and SATAN staid not to reply, But glad that now his Sea should find a shore, With fresh alacritie and force renew'd Springs upward like a Pyramid of fire Into the wilde expanse, and through the shock Of fighting Elements, on all sides round Environ'd wins his way; harder beset And more endanger'd, then when ARGO pass'd Through BOSPORUS betwixt the justling Rocks: Or when ULYSSES on the Larbord shunnd CHARYBDIS, and by th' other whirlpool steard.
We knew that at the tide the pent-up waters between the islands of Ferroe and Loffoden rush with irresistible violence, forming a whirlpool from which no vessel ever escapes.
Soon the water rushes out of the scupper-holes like a whale spouting, the vessel gives a last groan, spins round and round, and disappears, forming a vast whirlpool in the ocean, and then all is over, so that in five minutes nothing but the eye of God can see the vessel where she lies at the bottom of the sea.
A large fig tree in full leaf {101} grows upon it], and under it lies the sucking whirlpool of Charybdis.
At this instant, in the midst of the silver circle illumined by the light of the moon the same whirlpool which had been made by the sinking men was again obvious, and first were seen, rising above the waves, a wisp of hair, then a pale face with open eyes, yet, nevertheless, the eyes of death; then a body, which, after rising of itself even to the waist above the sea, turned gently on its back, according to the caprice of the waves, and floated.
I refer to the whirlpool of events in which, at the time, I was revolving.
I no longer love to madness, Raoul, I am being engulfed by a whirlpool of jealousy.
Here would be a heaving mound, like a water-blister in a whirlpool, which would break like a water-blister, and throw up four or five mangled dogs, each striving to get back to the centre; here would be a single wolf borne down by two or three dholes, laboriously dragging them forward, and sinking the while; here a yearling cub would he held up by the pressure round him, though he had been killed early, while his mother, crazed with dumb rage, rolled over and over, snapping, and passing on; and in the middle of the thickest press, perhaps, one wolf and one dhole, forgetting everything else, would be manoeuvring for first hold till they were whirled away by a rush of furious fighters.
To his mind she lent a tone to the vulgar whirlpool of gorging humanity, as if she had been some goddess mixing in a Homeric battle.