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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.

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

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]

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

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.

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.
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

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
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

whirlwind

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

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

whirlwind

[ˈwɜːlˌwɪnd]
2. adj (romance) → travolgente

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.
References in classic literature ?
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.
Recall these impressions, and you will readily appreciate what Gringoire felt on contemplating, beneath her visible and palpable form, that Esmeralda of whom, up to that time, he had only caught a glimpse, amidst a whirlwind of dance, song, and tumult.
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.
And the royal master of high latitudes sighs mightily, with the sinking sun upon his breast and the double-edged sword upon his knees, as if wearied by the innumerable centuries of a strenuous rule and saddened by the unchangeable aspect of the ocean under his feet - by the endless vista of future ages where the work of sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind shall go on and on till his realm of living waters becomes a frozen and motionless ocean.
He's a wild man, with an kinds of punches,--a whirlwind,-- and he gets his man in the first rounds.
Beyond this flood a frozen Continent Lies dark and wilde, beat with perpetual storms Of Whirlwind and dire Hail, which on firm land Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice, A gulf profound as that SERBONIAN Bog Betwixt DAMIATA and mount CASIUS old, Where Armies whole have sunk: the parching Air Burns frore, and cold performs th' effect of Fire.