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whirl·wind

 (wûrl′wĭnd′, hwûrl′-)
n.
1. A rapidly rotating, generally vertical column of air, such as a tornado, dust devil, or waterspout.
2.
a. A tumultuous, confused rush.
b. A destructive force or thing.
adj.
Tumultuous or rapid: a whirlwind political campaign.
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whirlwind

(ˈwɜːlˌwɪnd)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a column of air whirling around and towards a more or less vertical axis of low pressure, which moves along the land or ocean surface
2.
a. a motion or course resembling this, esp in rapidity
b. (as modifier): a whirlwind romance.
3. an impetuously active person
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whirl•wind

(ˈʰwɜrlˌwɪnd, ˈwɜrl-)

n.
1. a relatively small mass of air, as a tornado, rotating rapidly and advancing over land or sea.
2. something resembling a whirlwind, as in destructive force.
3. any circling rush or violent onward course.
adj.
4. like a whirlwind, as in speed or force: a whirlwind visit.
Idioms:
reap the whirlwind, to suffer the penalties for one's misdeeds. Hos. 8:7.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse hvirfilvindr]
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whirlwind

any wind that has a spinning motion and is conflned to a small area in the shape of a vertical cylinder.
See also: Wind
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Whirlwind

 something rushing; a confused condition.
Examples: whirlwind of applause, 1837; of tempestuous fire, 1667; of horse, 1840; of passion, 1603; of town pleasure, 1855.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

whirlwind

An intense area of low pressure moving in a circular motion caused by a convection current that occurs over hot land such as in deserts.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whirlwind - a more or less vertical column of air whirling around itself as it moves over the surface of the Earthwhirlwind - a more or less vertical column of air whirling around itself as it moves over the surface of the Earth
dust devil - a miniature whirlwind strong enough to whip dust and leaves and litter into the air
windstorm - a storm consisting of violent winds
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whirlwind

noun
1. tornado, hurricane, cyclone, typhoon, twister (U.S.), dust devil, waterspout They scattered like leaves in a whirlwind.
2. turmoil, chaos, swirl, mayhem, uproar, maelstrom, welter, bedlam, tumult, hurly-burly, madhouse a whirlwind of frenzied activity
adjective
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Translations
زَوْبَعَه، دَوّامَه هَوائِيَّه، إعْصار
hvirvelvind
forgószél
hvirfilvindur

whirlwind

[ˈwɜːlwɪnd]
A. N (lit, fig) → torbellino m
like a whirlwindcomo un torbellino, como una tromba
to reap the whirlwindsegar lo que se ha sembrado, padecer las consecuencias
B. CPD [romance] → apasionado, arrollador
a whirlwind courtshipun noviazgo brevísimo
they took us on a whirlwind tournos llevaron de gira relámpago
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whirlwind

hwɜːrlwɪnd]
ntornade f
modif (= very quick) [romance] → éclair inv; [tour] → éclair inv
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whirlwind

nWirbelwind m; (fig)Trubel m, → Wirbel m; like a whirlwindwie der Wirbelwind; to reap the whirlwind (prov) → Sturm ernten; he did some very stupid things, and now he’s reaping the whirlwinder hat einige sehr große Dummheiten gemacht und jetzt muss er dafür büßen; a whirlwind romanceeine stürmische Romanze
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whirlwind

[ˈwɜːlˌwɪnd]
2. adj (romance) → travolgente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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There was no garret at all, and no cellar--except a small hole dug in the ground, called a cyclone cellar, where the family could go in case one of those great whirlwinds arose, mighty enough to crush any building in its path.
The same whirlwinds of snow circled about, covering the dead Vasili Andreevich's fur coat, the shivering Mukhorty, the sledge, now scarcely to be seen, and Nikita lying at the bottom of it, kept warm beneath his dead master.
what if all Her stores were op'n'd, and this Firmament Of Hell should spout her Cataracts of Fire, Impendent horrors, threatning hideous fall One day upon our heads; while we perhaps Designing or exhorting glorious Warr, Caught in a fierie Tempest shall be hurl'd Each on his rock transfixt, the sport and prey Of racking whirlwinds, or for ever sunk Under yon boyling Ocean, wrapt in Chains; There to converse with everlasting groans, Unrespited, unpitied, unrepreevd, Ages of hopeless end; this would be worse.
She rushed full gallop through her changes of character, her songs, and her dialogue; making mistakes by the dozen, and never stopping to set them right; carrying the people along with her in a perfect whirlwind, and never waiting for the applause.
The awful whirlwind was almost upon it, and it was already pelted with showers of sand driven like hail by the storm.
At the sight of the Marionette kicking and squirming like a young whirlwind, the Serpent laughed so heartily and so long that at last he burst an artery and died on the spot.
Fortunately, the ground where the tent had been pitched, being Just before the city gates, was hard and smooth; and while the Ant still crawled about, Glinda discovered it and ran quickly forward to effect its capture But, Just as her hand was descending, the Witch, now fairly frantic with fear, made her last transformation, and in the form of a huge Griffin sprang through the wall of the tent -- tearing the silk asunder in her rush -- and in a moment had darted away with the speed of a whirlwind.
This same thing was repeated once more; and it fetched such a whirlwind of applause that Sir Sagramor lost his temper, and at once changed his tactics and set him- self the task of chasing me down.
At last the door, loosed, was blown wide open, flinging Miss Wilson and Agatha back, and admitting a whirlwind that tore round the hall, snatched at the women's draperies, and blew out the lights.
You recollect with what amorous curiosity your thought and your gaze were riveted upon this little whirlwind, hissing and humming with wings of purple and azure, in the midst of which floated an imperceptible body, veiled by the very rapidity of its movement.
Tom fretted and chafed awhile in a whirlwind of disorganizing sensations and emotions, and finally said, with something like settled conviction:
All were fully engrossed with the affairs of the day; Athos could not therefore have chosen a more inauspicious moment to speak of his friends -- poor atoms, lost in that raging whirlwind.