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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.

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. Lauren Brown:

    When the pandemic hit, it changed the whole atmosphere, lauren Brown didn't think it would ever happen here, and then when it started, it was just kind of a like a whirlwind.

  2. Dejan Stojanovic:

    A smiling lie is a whirlwind, easy to enter, but hard to escape.

  3. Scott Walker:

    [ Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisc. ] was confronted by a family of an undocumented worker in Scott Walker childhood hometown of Plainfield, Iowa during one of the final stops of his whirlwind presidential campaign launch tour on Sunday. Jose Flores, an undocumented immigrant who calls Wisconsin home, was accompanied by Jose Flores 13-year-old daughter Leslie and 7-year-old son Luis, both of whom were born in the United States and naturalized citizens … Shaking Flores ’ hand, Scott Walker said Jose Flores ‘ completely sympathize [ s ] with the situation you’re all in and others are in ’ but … ‘ The fact is, we’re a nation of laws, and unfortunately, the president last year, after saying 22 times before last year that he could n’t make the law himself, he said he was n’t the emperor … he decided to change the law even though the courts announced that you ca n’t do that. ’.

  4. Michael Mmoh:

    I don’t know if I’m going to finally wake up or something. It just doesn’t seem real, the past 48 hours has been a complete whirlwind from going from being ready to go back home, booking a flight, packing my bags. I was supposed to leave yesterday. Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the change over in their round two singles match against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia during day four of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Andy Murray left fuming as hes not allowed to use toilet during five-set marathon at Australian Open.

  5. Nkoya Thabane Hlaele:

    When the wedding had happened, my mother had died. It was a whirlwind. It was surreal -- it was like I was watching a movie.

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