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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 ?
Instantly the ape-man became the center of a whirling, striking, biting maelstrom of horror.
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.
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.