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whirlwind

[hwurl-wind, wurl-] /ˈʰwɜrlˌwɪnd, ˈwɜrl-/
noun
1.
any of several relatively small masses of air rotating rapidly around a more or less vertical axis and advancing simultaneously over land or sea, as a dust devil, tornado, or waterspout.
2.
anything resembling a whirlwind, as in violent action or destructive force.
3.
any circling rush or violent onward course.
adjective
4.
like a whirlwind, as in speed or force:
a whirlwind visit to New York.
verb (used without object)
5.
to move or travel quickly.
Idioms
6.
reap the whirlwind, to suffer the penalties for one's misdeeds. Hos. 8:7.
Origin of whirlwind
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Old Norse hvirfilvindr; cognate with German Wirbelwind
Synonyms
4. headlong, breakneck, hasty, impulsive.
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whirlwind

/ˈwɜːlˌwɪnd/
noun
1.
a column of air whirling around and towards a more or less vertical axis of low pressure, which moves along the land or ocean surface
2.
  1. a motion or course resembling this, esp in rapidity
  2. (as modifier): a whirlwind romance
3.
an impetuously active person
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Word Origin and History for whirlwind
n.

mid-14c., from whirl (v.) + wind (n.), probably on model of Old Norse hvirfilvindr.

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whirlwind in Technology
computer
An early computer from the MIT Research Laboratory for Electronics.
Whirlwind used electrostatic memory and ran Laning and Zierler (1953); and ALGEBRAIC, COMPREHENSIVE and SUMMER SESSION (all 1959).
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(2002-06-03)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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