Meaning of whirlwind

whirl•wind

Pronunciation: (hwûrl'wind", wûrl'-), [key]
— 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 whirlwind, as in violent action or destructive force.
  3. any circling rush or violent onward course.
  4. to suffer the penalties for one's misdeeds. Hos. 8:7.
—adj.
  1. like a whirlwind, as in speed or force: a whirlwind visit to New York.
—v.i.
  1. to move or travel quickly.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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