whirlwind (plural whirlwinds)
- 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.
- 1817 December, Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Revolt of Islam. […]”, in [Mary] Shelley, editor, The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. […], volume I, London: Edward Moxon […], published 1839, OCLC 1000449192, page 269:
- And his hoofs ground the rocks to fire and dust,
His strong sides made the torrents rise in spray,
And turbulence, as if a whirlwind’s gust
Surrounded us; […]
- (figuratively) A person or body of objects or events sweeping violently onward.
- The weeks leading up to the convention were a whirlwind of preparation and hurried activity.
- Once he got that new scooter he turned into a whirlwind and damaged all the flowers.
a violent windstorm of limited extent characterised by an inward spiral motion of the air
figuratively: a body of objects or events sweeping violently onward
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whirlwind (not comparable)