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whirlpool

[hwurl-pool, wurl-] /ˈʰwɜrlˌpul, ˈwɜrl-/
noun
1.
water in swift, circular motion, as that produced by the meeting of opposing currents, often causing a downward spiraling action.
3.
Heraldry. gurge (def 2).
Origin of whirlpool
late Old English
1520-1530
1520-30; whirl + pool1; compare late Old English hwyrfepōl
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British Dictionary definitions for whirlpool

whirlpool

/ˈwɜːlˌpuːl/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for whirlpool
n.

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

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whirlpool in Science
whirlpool
  (wûrl'pl')   
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)

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