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whirlpool, revolving current in an ocean, river, or lake. It may be caused by the configuration of the shore, irregularities in the bottom of the body of water, the meeting of opposing currents or tides, or the action of the wind upon the water. There are no true whirlpools really dangerous to shipping; the Maelstrom, near Norway, and Charybdis, near Sicily, are subjects of legend and myth, and Corrievrekin, near Scotland, was feared by the sailors of small boats. The Whirlpool Rapids below Niagara Falls are remarkable for their volume and violence, caused by an irregularity in the Niagara River channel. There is also a whirlpool below Victoria Falls in S Africa.

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whirl·pool / ˈ(h)wərlˌpoōl/ • n. a rapidly rotating mass of water in a river or sea into which objects may be drawn, typically caused by the meeting of conflicting currents. ∎ fig. a turbulent situation from which it is hard to escape: he was drawing her down into an emotional whirlpool. ∎  (also whirl·pool bath) a heated pool in which hot, typically aerated water is continuously circulated.

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whirlpool Circular motion of a fluid. Whirlpools in rivers occur in regions where waterfalls or sharp breaks in topographic continuity make steady flow impossible. See also vortex

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whirlpool XV. f. WHIRL + POOL.

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