whirlpool

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

Definition of whirlpool

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 intrigue
  • —A. 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

  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

Recent Examples of whirlpool from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'whirlpool.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of whirlpool

1529

whirlpool Synonyms

Synonyms
gulf, maelstrom, vortex
Related Words
tourbillion (or tourbillon); eddy, swirl, whirl

WHIRLPOOL Defined for English Language Learners

whirlpool

play
noun

Definition of whirlpool for English Language Learners

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


WHIRLPOOL Defined for Kids

whirlpool

play
noun whirl·pool \ ˈhwərl-ˌpül , ˈwərl- \

Definition of whirlpool for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

whirlpool

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

medical Definition of whirlpool



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up whirlpool? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

all at once

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized-drawing-of-woman-pole-vaulting-across-gap-to-get-trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!