maelstrom

[ meyl-struhm ]

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

a large, powerful, or violent whirlpool.

Origin + Etymology

from early modern Dutch (denoting a mythical whirlpool in the Arctic Ocean, west of Norway), from maalen ‘grind, whirl’ + stroom ‘stream’

Synonyms

  • tumult
  • whirlpool
  • vortex
  • eddy
  • swirl

Antonyms

  • calm

Example

The captain shrieked as he realized it was too late—he was headed into the maelstrom.

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