Maelstrom definitions

māl'strəm
A famous strong, swirling tidal current off the W coast of Norway, hazardous to safe navigation.
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Any large or violent whirlpool.
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A violently confused or dangerously agitated state of mind, emotion, affairs, etc.
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A violent or turbulent situation.

Caught in the maelstrom of war.

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A whirlpool of extraordinary size or violence.
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The definition of a maelstrom is a violent, turbulent situation, or a very powerful whirlpool.

An example of a maelstrom was the uprising in Egypt against the former leader, Hosni Mubarak.

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A large and violent whirlpool.
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Any violent or turbulent situation.
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Origin of maelstrom

From obsolete Dutch maelstrom (modern Dutch maalstroom), from malen (“to whirl, grind") (from Proto-Germanic *malanÄ…) and stroom (“stream"). Compare German Mahlstrom, Danish malstrøm.