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Definitions for whirlwind
ˈʰwɜrlˌwɪnd, ˈwɜrl-whirl·wind

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whirlwindnoun

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


  1. whirlwindnoun

    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. whirlwindnoun

    A person or body of objects or events sweeping violently onward.

  3. whirlwindadjective

    Rapid and minimal: a whirlwind tour, a whirlwind guide.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Whirlwindnoun

    A stormy wind moving circularly.

    Etymology: werbelwind, German.

    In the very torrent and whirlwind of your passion, beget a temperance that may give it smoothness. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    With whirlwinds from beneath she toss’d the ship,
    And bare expos’d the bosom of the deep. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. Whirlwind

    A whirlwind is a weather phenomenon in which a vortex of wind (a vertically oriented rotating column of air) forms due to instabilities and turbulence created by heating and flow (current) gradients. Whirlwinds occur all over the world and in any season.


  1. whirlwind

    A whirlwind is a column of air that moves rapidly around in a rotating manner, often as a result of conflicting atmospheric pressure systems. It can form tornadoes, dust devils, or hurricanes in extreme cases and can cause significant damage due to its high speed and force. It can also simply refer to any chaotic or confusing situation or series of events.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whirlwindnoun

    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. Whirlwindnoun

    fig.: A body of objects sweeping violently onward

  3. Etymology: [Cf. Icel. hvirfilvindr, Sw. hvirfvelvind, Dan. hvirvelvind, G. wirbelwind. See Whirl, and Wind, n.]


  1. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. whirlwind

    A revolving current of wind of small diameter that rises suddenly, but is soon spent.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whirlwind in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whirlwind in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of whirlwind in a Sentence

  1. Dana Vollmer:

    It’s been a whirlwind, it’s been crazy and it’s also been the most rewarding time of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  2. Ryan Reynolds:

    We try to do these things in a way where everyone wins. Peloton, Chris and the show itself, chris was in right away, but it was a whirlwind for all of us.

  3. William Arkin:

    In our day-to-day whirlwind and hostage status as prisoners of Donald Trump, I think — like everyone else does — that we miss so much.

  4. Chris Webber:

    Calling timeout, one of the worst moments you can have, 60 days later to be drafted, it was a whirlwind, i really did enjoy the journey. The ups and downs and everything that came with it.

  5. Ashley McIntyre:

    I never in a million years imagined this would happen. ... It was a whirlwind, it's crazy how it all worked. It was all planned out by God.

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