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whirlpool

[ hwurl-pool, wurl- ]
/ ˈʰwɜrlˌpul, ˈwɜrl- /
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noun

water in swift, circular motion, as that produced by the meeting of opposing currents, often causing a downward spiraling action.
Heraldry. gurge (def. 2).

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Origin of whirlpool

1520–30; whirl + pool1; compare late Old English hwyrfepōl
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British Dictionary definitions for whirlpool

whirlpool
/ (ˈwɜːlˌpuːl) /

noun

a powerful circular current or vortex of water, usually produced by conflicting tidal currents or by eddying at the foot of a waterfall
something resembling a whirlpool in motion or the power to attract into its vortex
short for whirlpool bath
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Scientific definitions for whirlpool

whirlpool
[ wûrlpōōl′ ]

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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