whirl·​pool | \ ˈ(h)wər(-ə)l-ˌpül How to pronounce whirlpool (audio) \

Definition of whirlpool

1a : 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
2a : water moving rapidly in a circle so as to produce a depression in the center into which floating objects may be drawn : eddy, vortex

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Examples of whirlpool in a Sentence

The swimmer was caught in a whirlpool and nearly drowned. in The Odyssey, Ulysses is trapped between the six-headed monster Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly whirlpool that threatens to suck in his ship
Recent Examples on the Web Or, take it to the next level with the Enchanted Villa package—a one-night stay in the Chateau’s villa suite, which features an oversized whirlpool tub, steam shower, fireplace, and private outdoor spa. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 14 Jan. 2022 There are affordable and high-end deep soaking, whirlpool, air jet, and combo massage tubs. Nicole Gleichmann, Health.com, 20 May 2021 Peck decided to honor what Robbins had devised, with Tony and Maria locking eyes, reaching their arms out and slowly circling each other, as if caught in the gradual, inexorable pull of a whirlpool. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 Families can choose from a two bed, two bath or four bed, four bath condo with features including a full kitchen, an outdoor living space and deck with furniture, bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and separate showers, a garage and a fireplace. Roger Sands, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Bentivegna relished the challenge to cohere the book’s whirlpool of events into the mammoth movie now in theaters. Robert Daniels, Vulture, 26 Nov. 2021 The sauna, spa and whirlpool will also be renovated. James T. Norman, chicagotribune.com, 26 Oct. 2021 Stairs, tile flooring, whirlpool baths and other features that once were so attractive can, over time, become hazardous. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Oct. 2021 The various plot lines swirl around until the story hits a viewer not so much like waves of melodrama washing over you but a whirlpool sucking you in. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 5 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of whirlpool

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of whirlpool was in 1529

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24 Jan 2022

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“Whirlpool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whirlpool. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of whirlpool

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


whirl·​pool | \ ˈhwərl-ˌpül How to pronounce whirlpool (audio) , ˈwərl- \

Kids Definition of whirlpool

: a rapid swirl of water with a low place in the center into which floating objects are drawn


whirl·​pool | \ ˈhwər(-ə)l-ˌpül, ˈwər(-ə)l- How to pronounce whirlpool (audio) \

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