1A column of air moving rapidly around and around in a cylindrical or funnel shape.
- They can cause dust devils and whirlwinds, though these are nothing when compared to the immense dust storms that can occur.
- For a desert people winds, rain, thunder, lightening, hurricanes, thunderbolts, whirlwinds, and other meteorological phenomena held tremendous fascination.
- He explained whirlwinds were formed in storm clouds.
1.1Used in similes and metaphors to describe a very energetic or tumultuous person or process: a whirlwind of activity [as modifier]: a whirlwind romance
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- A lovestruck South African and a Rochdale bachelor have married after a whirlwind romance over the internet.
- It was a whirlwind romance little approved of by her family.
- The couple enjoyed a whirlwind romance after meeting each other in a Los Angeles hotel lobby in February.
(sow the wind and) reap the whirlwind
- Suffer serious consequences as a result of one’s actions.With biblical allusion to Hos. 8:7Example sentences
- He has has sowed the wind and is now reaping the whirlwind.
- The scandalous CEOs have pushed us too far, and finally are reaping the whirlwind of public fury.
- The vintners ignored my advice and now they are reaping the whirlwind.
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