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[hwurl-pool, wurl-] /ˈʰwɜrlˌpul, ˈwɜrl-/
water in swift, circular motion, as that produced by the meeting of opposing currents, often causing a downward spiraling action.
Heraldry. gurge (def 2).
Origin of whirlpool
late Old English
1520-30; whirl + pool1; compare late Old English hwyrfepōl Unabridged
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Examples from the web for whirlpool
  • It is similar to how water current is pulled into a whirlpool.
  • The property is a full-service hotel with a fitness center, whirlpool and an indoor pool with a two-story water slide.
  • The bacteria were likely spread among players through shared towels, whirlpool baths, and weightlifting equipment.
  • Tolling church bells and dreamy panoramas from rooftop whirlpool, alfresco restaurant.
  • The world is a whirlpool of business, pleasure and sin.
  • The whirlpool will be silent, the training room unused.
  • Many of the city's downtown-area hotels do not have hot tubs or saunas but do feature in-room whirlpool tubs.
  • Some suites feature a whirlpool and a corner gas fireplace.
  • The hotel offers a lap pool, whirlpool and fitness center for guest use.
  • The whirlpool suites have a king-size bed and a whirlpool bath.
British Dictionary definitions for whirlpool


a powerful circular current or vortex of water, usually produced by conflicting tidal currents or by eddying at the foot of a waterfall
something resembling a whirlpool in motion or the power to attract into its vortex
short for whirlpool bath
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Word Origin and History for whirlpool

1520s, from whirl (v.) + pool (n.1). Old English had hwyrfepol and wirfelmere.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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whirlpool in Science
A rapidly rotating current of water or other liquid that sucks everything near it toward its center. The meeting of two tides can create a whirlpool.
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Slang definitions & phrases for whirlpool

whip the dog

verb phrase

fuck the dog (1950s+ Nautical)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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