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 As Arizona’s oldest and largest resort-style day spa, massages, facials, and body treatments include all-day use of steam, sauna, pool, and whirlpool at no extra charge. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Get Lost: A Socially Distant 72 Hours In Scottsdale," 14 Dec. 2020 Nightly rates in a 6-bedroom, family-friendly villa with a whirlpool and sauna in the master bedroom start at $6,000 including VIP airport transfers, butler service and a bottle of bubbly. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "These Caribbean hotel villas let you social distance in a luxurious island setting," 14 Nov. 2020 Mississippi State reaches the halfway mark of their season this weekend, and players are defecting from the team before the Alabama game like picaroons jumping off a burning pirate ship headed for a whirlpool. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Halloween feast for Alabama; Auburn out of tricks?," 29 Oct. 2020 To see through the whirlpool of stars, the two teams used the world’s largest telescopes and their own pioneering technologies to gaze through the space dust. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Three Scientists Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for Discovering Black Holes," 6 Oct. 2020 The yachts will have nine staterooms (accommodating a maximum of 18 guests) and 10 crew members, plus a sundeck, two outdoor lounges, a bar, a whirlpool, and a gym. Nancy Trejos, Travel + Leisure, "The Cool New Cruise Ships Coming to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands," 3 Oct. 2020 Not to be outdone, a 1997 taping of K-Love's afternoon hour (LA's 107.5) is a gushy whirlpool of Spanish romance ballads, from José José to Enrique Iglesias. Jason Parham, Wired, "A YouTube Radio Archivist Blasts the Past Into the Present," 22 Sep. 2020 The heart of her business is the sauna, the eucalyptus steam room and the whirlpool. Catherine Henderson, The Know, "Historic Russian bathhouse, the only of its kind in Denver, barely surviving the pandemic," 24 July 2020 In pre-coronavirus times, people would pay a $22 entrance fee to spend hours for a shvitz in the whirlpool, steamroom and sauna. Catherine Henderson, The Know, "Historic Russian bathhouse, the only of its kind in Denver, barely surviving the pandemic," 24 July 2020

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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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“Whirlpool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whirlpool. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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


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