whirlwinds

whirlwind

[hwurl-wind, wurl-]
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:
1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse hvirfilvindr; cognate with German Wirbelwind


4. headlong, breakneck, hasty, impulsive.
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whirlwind (ˈwɜːlˌwɪnd)
 
n
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.  a.  a motion or course resembling this, esp in rapidity
 b.  (as modifier): a whirlwind romance
3.  an impetuously active person

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