whirlpool

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

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

b : whirlpool bath

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Synonyms for whirlpool

Synonyms

gulf, maelstrom, 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

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Spacious rooms come with fireplaces, leather chairs, Frette linens, and whirlpool tubs, while bungalows and villas on a hillside have private gardens or vineyard views. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Which of these options is most popular and desirable has evolved over time and has been influenced by different design trends: 25 years ago, big whirlpool tubs were super popular, often paired with a smaller shower stall. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Tub Or Shower? Here's Which Bathroom Upgrade Is Actually Worthwhile," 3 Oct. 2018 The five-lane warm water therapeutic pool comes with a therapeutic whirlpool and showers to provide a relaxing wellness experience. Candace Dantes, ajc, "Take a dunk: The best OTP swimming pools near Atlanta," 8 July 2018 The main soccer facility, for the highest-level teams, has a modern weight room, whirlpools and a movie theater. James Wagner, New York Times, "A Nightmare for Mexico’s Soccer Opponents: More Chuckys On the Way," 27 June 2018 After a man drowned, officials in northern Arkansas are warning paddlers of a sinkhole that's created a dangerous whirlpool below the Sadler Falls on the Spring River. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "He was trying to help 2 caught in whirlpool when he drowned, Arkansas officials say," 12 June 2018 Because Bourdain was our Ulysses, navigating between rocks and monsters, stopping for music and dinner and drinks, trying to keep his ship sailing through soup tureens and whirlpools, and the vast, endlessly televised ocean. latimes.com, "Food odysseys," 16 June 2018 Same for the brite tank (used to hold beer after fermentation), the new whirlpool system and the giant grain silo. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Third Space Brewing adds more equipment and expects to double its beer production," 4 June 2018 Features of the suite include a private cinema with an 85-inch HD television, a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, a 212-square-foot balcony complete with table tennis and a full-size whirlpool. USA TODAY, "Video: The super-sized family suite on the world's largest cruise ship," 24 Apr. 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whirlpool

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

whirlpool

noun
whirl·​pool | \ˈhwərl-ˌpül, ˈwərl-\

Kids Definition of whirlpool

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

whirlpool

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

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