whirl·pool /ˈhwɝ(ə)lˌpul, ˈwɚ/
whirl·pool /ˈhwɝ(ə)lˌpul, ˈwɝ(ə)l-/ 名詞
1. 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.
2. A sea monster of the whale kind. [Obs.]
The Indian Sea breedeth the most and the biggest fishes that are; among which the whales and whirlpools, called =\“balaenae,” take up in length as much as four . . . arpents of land.\= --Holland.
n : a powerful circular current of water (usually the resulting
of conflicting tides) [syn: vortex, maelstrom]
v : flow in a circular current, of liquids [syn: eddy, purl,