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whirl·wind / ˈ(h)wərlˌwind/ • n. a column of air moving rapidly around and around in a cylindrical or funnel shape. ∎  used in similes and metaphors to describe a very energetic or tumultuous person or process: a whirlwind of activity | [as adj.] a whirlwind romance. PHRASES: (sow the wind and) reap the whirlwind suffer serious consequences as a result of one's actions.

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Whirlwind The first real-time computer, built at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and capable of calculating at high speed. The Whirlwind project had its origins in wartime defense and was officially launched in December 1944. The first version, operational in 1950, used electrostatic storage tubes but a ferrite core store was in use (its first appearance) by 1953. See also Digital Equipment Corporation.

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whirlwind XIV. prob. — ON. hvirfilvindr (see WHIRL, WIND1).

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Whirlwind

something rushing; a confused condition.

Examples: whirlwind of applause, 1837; of tempestuous fire, 1667; of horse, 1840; of passion, 1603; of town pleasure, 1855.

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whirlwind A spiral wind storm around a low-pressure centre. In arid areas dust may be carried upwards several hundred metres.

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whirlwind A spiral wind storm around a low-pressure centre. In arid areas dust may be carried upward several hundred metres.

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