What does the word whirlpool mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by Georg Ebers
  3. Nobody ever swam that whirlpool and lived to tell about it. – A Master's Degree by Margaret Hill McCarter