: a powerful often violent whirlpool sucking in objects within a given radius
: 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
First Known Use: 1682
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