AskDefine | Define whirlwind

The Collaborative Dictionary

Whirlwind \Whirl"wind`\, n. [Cf. Icel. hvirfilvindr, Sw. hvirfvelvind, Dan. hvirvelvind, G. wirbelwind. See Whirl, and Wind, n.] [1913 Webster]
A violent windstorm of limited extent, as the tornado, characterized by an inward spiral motion of the air with an upward current in the center; a vortex of air. It usually has a rapid progressive motion. [1913 Webster] The swift dark whirlwind that uproots the woods. And drowns the villages. --Bryant. [1913 Webster] Note: Some meteorologists apply the word whirlwind to the larger rotary storm also, such as cyclones. [1913 Webster]
Fig.: A body of objects sweeping violently onward. "The whirlwind of hounds and hunters." --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

whirlwind n : a more or less vertical column of air whirling around itself as it moves over the surface of the Earth

English

Noun

  1. A violent windstorm of limited extent, as the tornado, characterized by an inward spiral motion of the air with an upward current in the center; a vortex of air. It usually has a rapid progressive motion.
  2. A body of objects or events sweeping violently onward.
    The weeks leading up to the convention were a whirlwind of preparation and hurried activity.

Translations

A violent windstorm of limited extent characterised by an inward spiral motion of the air
  • German: Wirbelwind, Wirbelsturm
  • Spanish: torbellino
(figuratively) A body of objects or events sweeping violently onward.
  • German: Wirbelwind
Whirlwind may refer to:
whirlwind in Russian: Вихрь
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