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.
anything resembling a whirlwind, as in violent action or destructive force
any circling rush or violent onward course.
like a whirlwind, as in speed or force: a whirlwind visit to New York.
verb (used without object)
to move or travel quickly.
reap the whirlwind, to suffer the penalties for one's misdeeds. Hos. 8:7.
1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse hvirfilvindr; cognate with German Wirbelwind
4. headlong, breakneck, hasty, impulsive.