Part of speech: noun

An eddy or vortex where water moves with a gyrating sweep.

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Usage examples "whirlpool":

  1. The latter alternative was adopted, and the sum of fifteen thousand dollars raised, and thrown, with a kind of desperation, into the whirlpool which had already swallowed up nearly the whole of his fortune. - "The Good Time Coming", T. S. Arthur.
  2. Every heaving motion of the vessel, which had made her so giddy as it danced over the shifting waves, she now distinctly felt again, and at last it seemed as if a whirlpool had seized the ship, and was whirling it round faster and faster in a circle. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  3. Nobody ever swam that whirlpool and lived to tell about it. - "A Master's Degree", Margaret Hill McCarter.