maelstrom


mael·strom

noun \ˈmāl-strəm, -ˌsträm\

: 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

  1. She was caught in a maelstrom of emotions.
  2. The ship was drawn into the maelstrom.

Origin of MAELSTROM

obsolete Dutch (now maalstroom), from malen to grind + strom stream
First Known Use: 1682

Related to MAELSTROM

Other Oceanography Terms

littoral, sound

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