from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rapidly rotating current of water; a vortex.
  • n. Turmoil; whirl.
  • n. A magnetic, impelling force into which one may be pulled.
  • n. A bathtub or pool having jets of warm water that can be directed toward a body part as for therapeutic purposes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A sea monster of the whale kind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. Some huge sea-monster of the whale kind; a whirl-whale; a whirl-about.

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

  • n. a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
  • v. flow in a circular current, of liquids


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