[hwurl-pool, wurl-]
water in swift, circular motion, as that produced by the meeting of opposing currents, often causing a downward spiraling action.
Heraldry. gurge ( def 2 ).

1520–30; whirl + pool1; compare late Old English hwyrfepōl

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whirlpool (ˈwɜːlˌpuːl)
1.  a powerful circular current or vortex of water, usually produced by conflicting tidal currents or by eddying at the foot of a waterfall
2.  something resembling a whirlpool in motion or the power to attract into its vortex
3.  short for whirlpool bath

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whirlpool   (wûrl'pl')  Pronunciation Key 
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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rotary oceanic current, a large-scale eddy that is produced by the interaction of rising and falling tides. Similar currents that exhibit a central downdraft are termed vortexes and occur where coastal and bottom configurations provide narrow passages of considerable depth. Slightly different is vortex motion in streams; at certain stages of turbulent flow, rotating currents with central updrafts are formed. These are called kolks, or boils, and are readily visible on the surface

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