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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
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