whirlwind

  • 1 Whirlwind — may refer to: * An atmospheric phenomenon, see whirlwind (atmospheric phenomenon) * whirlwind, an ancient chinese siege weapon * Whirlwind , an episode in the World War Two documentary The World at War concerning the allied bombing of Germany.… …

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  • 2 Whirlwind — Whirlwind, également appelé L’Homme toupie en français dans les publications Arédit/Artima ou Cyclone dans L’Intégrale Avengers de Marvel France, est un super vilain appartenant à l’univers de Marvel Comics. Il a été créé par Stan Lee et Jack… …

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  • 3 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 whirlwind — ► NOUN 1) a column of air moving rapidly round and round in a cylindrical or funnel shape. 2) a very energetic or tumultuous person or process. 3) (before another noun ) very rapid and unexpected: a whirlwind romance. ● (sow the wind and) reap… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 whirlwind — [hwʉrl′wind΄, wʉrl′wind΄] n. [ME whirlwynd, prob. based on ON hvirfilvindr] 1. a current of air whirling violently upward in a spiral motion around a more or less vertical axis that has a forward motion 2. anything resembling a whirlwind, as in… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 whirlwind — whirlwind, cyclone, typhoon, hurricane, tornado, waterspout, twister share the basic notion of a rotary motion of the wind. Whirlwind is applied to a small windstorm which begins with an inward and upward spiral motion of the lower air and is… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 whirlwind — mid 14c., from WHIRL (Cf. whirl) (v.) + WIND (Cf. wind) (n.), probably on model of O.N. hvirfilvindr …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 whirlwind — [adj] very fast cyclonic, hasty, headlong, hurricane, impetuous, impulsive, lightning, quick, rapid, rash, short, speedy, swift, tornado; concepts 588,798 Ant. slow …

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  • 9 whirlwind — [[t](h)wɜ͟ː(r)lwɪnd[/t]] whirlwinds 1) N COUNT A whirlwind is a tall column of air which spins round and round very fast and moves across the land or sea. 2) N COUNT: usu sing, with supp, usu N of n You can describe a situation in which a lot of… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 Whirlwind — Der Whirlwind 1 im Computer History Museum, Kalifornien Der Whirlwind Computer (von engl. Whirlwind für Wirbelwind ) wurde von 1945 bis 1952 am Massachusetts Institute of Technology nach einem während des Zweiten Weltkrieges vergebenen Auftrag… …

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  • 11 whirlwind — /hwerrl wind , werrl /, n. 1. any of several relatively small masses of air rotating rapidly around a more or less vertical axis and advancing simultaneously over land or sea, as a dust devil, tornado, or waterspout. 2. anything resembling a… …

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  • 12 whirlwind — I. noun Date: 14th century 1. a small rotating windstorm of limited extent 2. a. a confused rush ; whirl < a whirlwind of meetings > b. a violent or destructive force or agency II. adjective …

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  • 13 whirlwind — 1. noun a) 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 weeks leading up to the… …

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  • 14 whirlwind — whirl|wind1 [ˈwə:lˌwınd US ˈwə:rl ] n 1.) an extremely strong wind that moves quickly with a circular movement, causing a lot of damage = ↑tornado American Equivalent: twister 2.) a whirlwind of emotions/activity etc a situation in which you… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 whirlwind — UK [ˈwɜː(r)lˌwɪnd] / US [ˈwɜrlˌwɪnd] / US [ˈhwɜrlˌwɪnd] noun [countable] Word forms whirlwind : singular whirlwind plural whirlwinds 1) a very powerful dangerous wind that spins extremely fast, carrying away anything in its path 2) something that …

    English dictionary

  • 16 whirlwind — whirl•wind [[t]ˈ(h)wɜrlˌwɪnd, ˈwɜrl [/t]] n. 1) mer a relatively small mass of air, as a tornado, rotating rapidly and advancing over land or sea 2) something resembling a whirlwind, as in destructive force 3) any circling rush or violent onward… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 whirlwind — noun 1》 a column of air moving rapidly round and round in a cylindrical or funnel shape. 2》 a very energetic or tumultuous person or process: a whirlwind of activity.     ↘[as modifier] very rapid and unexpected: a whirlwind romance. Phrases (sow …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 whirlwind — 1. noun 1) the building was hit by a whirlwind Syn: tornado, hurricane, typhoon, cyclone, vortex, twister, dust devil 2) a whirlwind of activity Syn: maelstrom, welter, bedlam, mayhem …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 whirlwind — whirl|wind [ wɜrl,wınd, hwɜrl,wınd ] noun count 1. ) a very powerful dangerous wind that spins extremely fast, carrying away anything in its path 2. ) something that happens very quickly and unexpectedly, so the people involved have little… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 whirlwind — noun (C) 1 an extremely strong wind that moves quickly with a circular movement, causing a lot of damage; tornado, twister (2) AmE 2 a whirlwind romance/tour etc something that happens much more quickly than usual 3 a whirlwind of… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English