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

The swift dark whirlwind that uproots the woods. And drowns the villages. --Bryant. [1913 Webster]

Note: Some meteorologists apply the word whirlwind to the larger rotary storm also, such as cyclones. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: A body of objects sweeping violently onward. ``The whirlwind of hounds and hunters.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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