Definitions for: Whirlpool

[n] a powerful circular current of water (usually the resulting of conflicting tides)
[v] flow in a circular current, of liquids

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: eddy, maelstrom, purl, swirl, vortex, whirl

See Also: Charybdis, course, current, flow, run, stream

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