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Meaning of WHIRLWIND

Pronunciation:  'wurl`wind

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a more or less vertical column of air whirling around itself as it moves over the surface of the Earth

WHIRLWIND is a 9 letter word that starts with W.


 See Also: dust devil, windstorm



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Whirl"wind`\, n. [Cf. Icel. hvirfilvindr, Sw.
hvirfvelvind, Dan. hvirvelvind, G. wirbelwind. See {Whirl},
and {Wind}, n.]
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.

         The swift dark whirlwind that uproots the woods. And
         drowns the villages.                  --Bryant.

Note: Some meteorologists apply the word whirlwind to the
      larger rotary storm also, such as cyclones.

2. Fig.: A body of objects sweeping violently onward. ``The
   whirlwind of hounds and hunters.'' --Macaulay.

Computing Dictionary

An early computer from the mit research laboratory for electronics.

Whirlwind used electrostatic memory and ran laning and zierler (1953); and algebraic, comprehensive and summer session (all 1959).

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are in the path of a whirlwind means changes which may lead to loss, chaos and scandal. You are being pulled unwillingly into a facing your repressed thoughts.