Monday, April 21, 2003
Definitions for maelstrom
- A large, powerful, or destructive whirlpool.
- Something resembling a maelstrom; a violent, disordered, or turbulent state of affairs.
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Citations for maelstrom
The murk became thicker as Zachareesi fishtailed his canoe through a swirling maelstrom of currents pouring past, and over, unseen rocks.
Suddenly, the Serb cause was thrust into the maelstrom of the Napoleonic Wars.
Origin of maelstrom
Maelstrom comes from obsolete Dutch maelstroom, from malen, "to grind, hence to whirl round," + stroom, "stream."