Whirlpool - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈwɜːrlpuːl|  American pronunciation of the word whirlpool
Brit.  |ˈwəːlpuːl|  British pronunciation of the word whirlpool


- a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides) (syn: maelstrom, vortex)


- flow in a circular current, of liquids (syn: eddy, purl, swirl, whirl)


The swimmer was caught in a whirlpool and nearly drowned.

...in The Odyssey, Ulysses is trapped between the six-headed monster Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly whirlpool that threatens to suck in his ship...

He was within the suck of the whirlpool.

...the kayaker had got sucked into the whirlpool, and his kayak was pinwheeling helplessly...

Word forms

singular: whirlpool
plural: whirlpools
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