noun whirl·pool \ˈhwər(-ə)l-ˌpül, ˈwər(-ə)l-\

: an area of water in a river, stream, etc., that moves very fast in a circle

Full Definition of WHIRLPOOL

a :  a confused tumult and bustle :  whirl
b :  a magnetic or impelling force by which something may be engulfed <refusing to be drawn into this whirlpool of intrigue — A. D. White>
a :  water moving rapidly in a circle so as to produce a depression in the center into which floating objects may be drawn :  eddy, vortex
b :  whirlpool bath

Examples of WHIRLPOOL

  1. The swimmer was caught in a whirlpool and nearly drowned.
  2. <in The Odyssey, Ulysses is trapped between the six-headed monster Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly whirlpool that threatens to suck in his ship>

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noun whirl·pool \ˈhwər(-ə)l-ˌpül, ˈwər(-ə)l-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of WHIRLPOOL


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