Simple Definition of maelstrom
: a situation in which there are a lot of confused activities, emotions, etc.
: a dangerous area of water that moves very fast in a circle
Full Definition of maelstrom
1 : a powerful often violent whirlpool sucking in objects within a given radius
2 : something resembling a maelstrom in turbulence
Examples of maelstrom
She was caught in a maelstrom of emotions.
The ship was drawn into the maelstrom.
Origin of maelstrom
obsolete Dutch (now maalstroom), from malen to grind + strom stream
First Known Use: 1682
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