from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rapidly rotating current of water; a vortex.
  • noun Something, such as a situation, that is confusing or tumultuous and is easy to be drawn into or difficult to get out of.
  • noun A bathtub or pool having jets of warm water that can be directed toward a body part as for therapeutic purposes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A circular eddy or current in a river or the sea produced by the configuration of the channel, by meeting currents, by winds meeting tides, etc.
  • noun Some huge sea-monster of the whale kind; a whirl-whale; a whirl-about.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An eddy or vortex of water; a place in a body of water where the water moves round in a circle so as to produce a depression or cavity in the center, into which floating objects may be drawn; any body of water having a more or less circular motion caused by its flowing in an irregular channel, by the coming together of opposing currents, or the like.
  • noun obsolete A sea monster of the whale kind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a swirling body of water.
  • noun turmoil, or agitated excitement

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
  • verb flow in a circular current, of liquids


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