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whirlpool


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Whirlpool  \Whirl"pool`\,  n. 
  1.  An  eddy  or  vortex  of  water;  a  place  in  a  body  of  water 
  where  the  water  moves  round  in  a  circle  so  as  to  produce  a 
  depression  or  cavity  in  the  center,  into  which  floating 
  objects  may  be  drawn;  any  body  of  water  having  a  more  or 
  less  circular  motion  caused  by  its  flowing  in  an  irregular 
  channel,  by  the  coming  together  of  opposing  currents,  or 
  the  like 
 
  2.  A  sea  monster  of  the  whale  kind  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  The  Indian  Sea  breedeth  the  most  and  the  biggest 
  fishes  that  are  among  which  the  whales  and 
  whirlpools,  called  ``bal[ae]n[ae],''  take  up  in 
  length  as  much  as  four  .  .  .  arpents  of  land. 
  --Holland. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  whirlpool 
  n  :  a  powerful  circular  current  of  water  (usually  the  resulting 
  of  conflicting  tides)  [syn:  {vortex},  {maelstrom}] 
  v  :  flow  in  a  circular  current,  of  liquids  [syn:  {eddy},  {purl}, 
  {gurge},  {swirl},  {whirl}] 




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