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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).]
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1. (Physical Geography) a large powerful whirlpool
2. any turbulent confusion
[C17: from obsolete Dutch maelstroom, from malen to grind, whirl round + stroom stream]
(Placename) a strong tidal current in a restricted channel in the Lofoten Islands off the NW coast of Norway
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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]
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|Noun||1.||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
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