• WordNet 3.6
    • v whirlpool flow in a circular current, of liquids
    • n whirlpool a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whirlpool A sea monster of the whale kind. "The Indian Sea breedeth the most and the biggest fishes that are; among which the whales and whirlpools , called “balænæ,” take up in length as much as four . . . arpents of land."
    • Whirlpool 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whirlpool A circular eddy or current in a river or the sea produced by the configuration of the channel, by meeting currents, by winds meeting tides, etc. The celebrated whirlpool of Charybdis between Sicily and Italy, and the Maelstrom off the coast of Norway, are not whirlpools in the strict sense, but merely superficial commotions caused by winds meeting tidal currents, and in calm weather are free from danger. Instances of vortical motion, however, do occur, as in the whirlpool of Coryvreckan in the Hebrides, between Jura and Scarba, and in some eddies among the Orkneys.
    • n whirlpool Some huge sea-monster of the whale kind; a whirl-whale; a whirl-about.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Whirlpool a circular current in a river or sea, produced by opposing tides, winds, or currents: an eddy
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Skeat explains M. E. whirlen as a contraction for an assumed whirf-le, a freq. of Ice. hvirfla, to whirl, freq. of hverfa (pa.t. hvarf), to turn round; Ger. wirbeln, to whirl.


In literature:

For a moment, Sulpice remained there crushed but drawn by the noise of the street, as if by some whirlpool in the deep sea.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
The whirlpool I like very much.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
It was her anchor, all she had to keep her from the whirlpools.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
It's come so sudden, that my head is like a whirlpool.
"Bad Hugh" by Mary Jane Holmes
Upon this whirlpool I embarked with the greatest misgiving and a strange young woman clinging to my person.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, July 7th, 1920" by Various
He lives in a whirlpool, whither he has been drawn by his own rashness.
"Aunt Phillis's Cabin" by Mary H. Eastman
I am in the whirlpool, and I must fight my way through to the end.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It was a whirlpool into which one was drawn unresistingly.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
Cast into the whirlpool, he must struggle through as well as he can.
"The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 with a Preface written in 1892" by Frederick Engels
Shortly after we were jammed between a great shallow whirlpool and a large boat on our starboard beam.
"A Narrative of the Expedition to Dongola and Sennaar" by George Bethune English
So she soon got past the wood, the bog, and the eddying whirlpools.
"Stories from Hans Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Her heart was like a wild whirlpool that sucked back her voice and suffocated it.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
He was in the whirlpool which was mightier than himself and his revolt.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Euripius, the divinity of whirlpools, lay in the waves at her feet, projecting a spectrum of spray, in an arch, above her head.
"Tales of the Chesapeake" by George Alfred Townsend
In the whirlpools of the sea, Ys thy city, us thy people!
"Ballads of Lost Haven" by Bliss Carman
Hers were like dark whirlpools, and he felt himself drifting helplessly, irresistibly.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
But with one's love in the seething gulf of the whirlpool, what would be to him the sublime cataract?
"Hawaiian Folk Tales" by Various
The swift water was cutting into the banks; whirlpools and rapids swirled below them.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
The boat neared the island, but no terrible whirlpool formed in the enchanted sea.
"The Firelight Fairy Book" by Henry Beston
And that hundred miles of whirlpools, jagged rocks, and swift and deadly canons we were to travel.
"Tenting To-night" by Mary Roberts Rinehart

In poetry:

The whirlpool roared, and the day went by,
And night came down on the sea;
But or ever the morning broke the sky
The hemp was broken in three.
"Legend of The Corrievrechan" by George MacDonald
I might — (I will not hide it) — once I might
Have lost, in the warm whirlpools of your voice,
The sense of Evil, the stern cry of Right;
But truth has steered me free, and I rejoice:
"A Loyal Woman's No" by Lucy Larcom
Oh profound grandmother, is today still so marvelous?
I too, like you, shall grow old-shall cast old lady moon across the
flood, into the whirlpool.
Then we two together shall empty life's full store.
"A day 8 Years Ago (At bachar ager Ekadin)" by Jibanananda Das
'Thy days' may be a voyage full of fear
Over a stormy sea,
And thou the sleepless helmsman sworn to steer
The good ship warily —
The sharp rocks there — the roaring whirlpool here —
Yet as thy days, thy strength shall be.
"Trust" by Samuel John Stone
Tumults consumed in whirlpools of speed and sound and light--
Violence we nought may reck of!--and yet there falls from thence
The vast, unbroken silence, mysterious and intense
That makes the peace, the calmness and beauty of the night!
"The Glory Of The Heavens" by Emile Verhaeren
'Tis the king who speaks. He flings from the brow
Of the cliff, that, rugged and steep,
Hangs out o'er the endless sea below,
The cup in the whirlpool's howling heap:—
"Again I ask, what hero will follow,
What hero plunge into yon dark hollow?"
"The Diver" by George MacDonald

In news:

Whirlpool employees react to closure.
Whirlpool employees react to news of Evansville plant's closure.
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Whirlpool over the range microwave $275 White Hot Point dishwasher, $150 477-0109.
BENTON HARBOR, Mich.–Whirlpool has been named one of the top 50 companies in social responsibility by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and the Reputation Institute.
Last month's restructuring of Whirlpool's US sales force moved it from a channel-based to a territory-based organization.
Perhaps Whirlpool should have been careful what it wished for.
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Robert "Bob" Small is a manager of global product service at Maytag and Whirlpool Commercial Laundry, where he focuses on product service and parts management.
Small joined Whirlpool Corp.
From whirlpool baths to custom-fitted robes, furry.
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Based on the Phase 1 spec , Whirlpool hopes to deliver networked appliances in Q1 2002.
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In science:

When R is further decreased the 2D-tori become focus-type, and as a result, the unstable manifold of the asymmetric PRW forms a “whirlpool” when approaching the T2 (d).
Direct transition to high-dimensional chaos through a global bifurcation
Finally, it is to be stressed that the reflection symmetry plays a fundamental role; whereas the existence of stable T3 is not needed [focus type T2 suffice to induce whirlpools that finally become 2D heteroclinic connections, Fig. 3(d,e)].
Direct transition to high-dimensional chaos through a global bifurcation
Rijmen, “The Whirlpool Hashing Function,” 2010. [Online].
True random numbers from amplified quantum vacuum