whirlpool

noun

whirl·​pool ˈ(h)wər(-ə)l-ˌpül How to pronounce whirlpool (audio)
1
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 intrigueA. D. White
2
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

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 Ingmar Bergman became the 20th-century icon of egghead cinema, yet Bergman, for all the loftiness of his reach, wrote dialogue that could suck the audience in like a whirlpool. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 22 May 2024 One of the complaints listed was the ship's whirlpools, designed to hold a maximum of four people, had six bathers. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 16 May 2024 Work out in the fitness center with its state-of-the-art equipment, or take a dip in the indoor pool with its whirlpool, wet bar and refreshment area and locker rooms. Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun, 7 Mar. 2024 As always, Sam Altman’s cryptic behavior is throwing the AI community into a whirlpool of rumors. Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo, Quartz, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for whirlpool 

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Word History

First Known Use

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 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

whirlpool

noun
whirl·​pool ˈhwər(-ə)l-ˌpül How to pronounce whirlpool (audio)
ˈwər(-ə)l-
1
: water moving rapidly in a circle with a hollow in the center into which floating objects are drawn : eddy
2

Medical Definition

whirlpool

noun

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