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whirlwind

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noun whirl·wind \-ˌwind\

Simple Definition of whirlwind

  • : a very strong wind that moves in a spinning or swirling motion and that can damage buildings, trees, etc.

  • : something that involves many quickly changing events, feelings, etc.

Full Definition of whirlwind

  1. 1 :  a small rotating windstorm of limited extent

  2. 2 a :  a confused rush :  whirl <a whirlwind of meetings> b :  a violent or destructive force or agency

Examples of whirlwind

  1. My life has been a whirlwind lately.

  2. He attended a whirlwind of meetings.



14th Century

First Known Use of whirlwind

14th century

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whirlwind

adjective whirl·wind

Simple Definition of whirlwind

  • : happening or done very quickly

Full Definition of whirlwind

  1. :  resembling a whirlwind especially in speed or force <a whirlwind campaign> <a whirlwind romance>

Examples of whirlwind

  1. The band went on a whirlwind concert tour.

  2. They were married after a whirlwind romance.

  3. We continued on at a whirlwind pace.



1614

First Known Use of whirlwind

1614


WHIRLWIND Defined for Kids

whirlwind

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noun whirl·wind \ˈhwərl-ˌwind, ˈwərl-\

Definition of whirlwind

  1. :  a small windstorm of rapidly rotating air





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