[syn: eddy, purl, whirlpool, swirl, whirl]
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3 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
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 "balaenae," take up in length as
much as four . . . arpents of land. --Holland.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of
conflicting tides) [syn: whirlpool, vortex,
v 1: flow in a circular current, of liquids [syn: eddy,
purl, whirlpool, swirl, whirl]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
42 Moby Thesaurus words for "whirlpool":
Charybdis, Maelstrom, ado, back stream, backflow, backwash,
backwater, bustle, centrifugate, centrifuge, countercurrent,
counterflow, counterflux, dizzy round, eddy, flurry, furore, fuss,
gulf, gurge, gyre, maelstrom, pirouette, pother, purl, rat race,
reel, refluence, reflux, regurgitation, round, spin, surge, swirl,
turn, twirl, vortex, wheel, whirl, whirligig, whirlwind, whorl