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maelstrom at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


maelstrom at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1682 (Hakluyt has Malestrand, c.1560), "whirlpool off the northwest coast of Norway," from Dan. malstr?¡þm (1673), from Du. Maelstrom, lit. "grinding-stream," from malen "to grind" (see meal) + stroom "stream." Name given by Du. cartographers (e.g. Mercator, 1595). Perhaps originally from F?iroic mal(u)streymur. Popularized as a synonym for "whirlpool" c.1841. ///

maelstrom at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1600-1700; Origin: Early Dutch, from malen 'to break into powder' + strom 'stream']//
1 a confusing situation full of events or strong emotions that is difficult to understand or deal with: whirlpool// maelstrom of// --a maelstrom of conflicting emotions//
2 dust or water that moves very quickly in circles: --A spinning maelstrom of rain swept around the mountain.//
3 a violent storm:

Maelstrom at English => English (GNU/Linux) Of Explained:

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maelstrom at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

112 Moby Thesaurus words for "maelstrom":
Charybdis, Maelstrom, ado, agitation, back stream, backflow,
backwash, backwater, bluster, bobbery, boil, boiling, bother,
botheration, brouhaha, burst, bustle, churn, commotion, confusion,
conturbation, countercurrent, counterflow, counterflux,
discomposure, disorder, disquiet, disquietude, disturbance,
dizzy round, ebullition, eddy, embroilment, excitement, feery-fary,
ferment, fermentation, fever, feverishness, fidgetiness, fidgets,
fit, flap, flurry, fluster, flutter, flutteration, flutteriness,
foment, fume, fury, fuss, fussiness, gulf, gurge, gyre, hubbub,
hullabaloo, hurly-burly, inquietude, jitters, jumpiness, malaise,
moil, nerviness, nervosity, nervousness, perturbation, pirouette,
pother, rat race, reel, refluence, reflux, regurgitation,
restlessness, roil, round, rout, row, scramble, seethe, seething,
spasm, spin, spurt, stew, stir, storm, surge, sweat, swirl, to-do,
trepidation, trepidity, tumult, tumultuation, turbidity,
turbulence, turmoil, turn, twirl, twitter, unease, unquiet, unrest,
upset, vortex, wheel, whirl, whirlpool, whirlwind

Maelstrom at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Rotation): rotation, revolution, spinning, gyration, circulation, roll, circumvolution, pirouette, convolution, whirl, eddy, vortex, whirlpool, Maelstrom, cyclone, tornado, whirlwind, dust devil, swivel, pivot, axle.

maelstrom at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Endangerment): precipice, maelstrom, ambush, pitfall, trapdoor, trap, snare, sword of Damocles.

maelstrom at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun [usually sing.]
1 (literary) a situation full of strong emotions or confusing events, that is hard to control and makes you feel frightened:
a maelstrom of conflicting emotions * They were being sucked into the maelstrom of war.
2 a very strong current of water that moves in circles

Maelstrom at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Maelstrom \Mael"strom\, n. [Norw., a whirlpool.]
1. A celebrated whirlpool on the coast of Norway.

2. Also Fig.; as, a maelstrom of vice.

maelstrom at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : a powerful circular current of water (usually the resulting
of conflicting tides) [syn: {whirlpool}, {vortex}]

maelstrom at English (WD) Of Explained:


Alternative forms

* maelström


Old Inter: etyl » nl Inter: term » maelstrom|lang=nl, modern Dutch spelling Inter: term » maalstroom|lang=nl.Maelstrom In the Merriam-Webster new book of word histories → Inter: etyl » da Inter: term » malstrøm|lang=da. → English Inter: term » maelstrom|lang=en. Dutch Inter: term » malen||to whirl, grind|lang=nl is from Old Norse Inter: term » mala||to grind|lang=non. Dutch Inter: term » stroom||lang=nl means stream.Inter: R:Online Etymology Dictionary » Maelstrom Compare German Inter: term » Mahlstrom.


* Inter: IPA » /meɪlstrəm/


Inter: en-nou » n
  • A large and violent whirlpool.
    1. 2001 — Category: w - :Eoin Colfer|Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl, p 212
    2. : A hulking shape burst through the doorway and hurtled down the corridor, leaving a maelstrom of air currents in his wake.
    3. Any violent or turbulent situation.


      Inter: trans-top » large whirlpool

  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|voràgine|f
  • Danish: malstrøm
  • Dutch: maalstroom, moskstraumen, moskenstraumen
  • Faroese: Inter: t- » fo|malstreymur
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|kurimus, Inter: t+ » fi|akanvirta

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • German: Mahlstrom
    • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|malstrøm, Inter: t- » no|mælstrøm, Inter: t- » no|malstraum
    • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|voragem
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|vorágine
    • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|malström

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » any violent or turbulent situation
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|voràgine|f
    • Dutch: maalstroom
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|kurimus

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|malstrøm, Inter: t- » no|mælstrøm, Inter: t- » no|malstraum
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|vorágine

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * Inter: Template:Wikipedia-inline » Maelstrom
    • Inter: Template:Wikipedia-inline » Moskstraumen|lang=nl


    Translation: et » maelstrom
    Translation: fr » maelstrom
    Translation: ko » maelstrom
    Translation: it » maelstrom
    Translation: kn » maelstrom
    Translation: mg » maelstrom
    Translation: my » maelstrom
    Translation: pl » maelstrom
    Translation: ru » maelstrom
    Translation: sv » maelstrom
    Translation: ta » maelstrom
    Translation: vi » maelstrom
    Translation: zh » maelstrom

    maelström at English (WD) Of Explained:



    Inter: en-nou » n
  • Inter: alternative spelling of » maelstrom

  • Category: Category - :English terms spelled with Ö|maelstrom



    Inter: fr-noun » m|sort=maelstrom
  • Inter: alternative form of » maëlstrom|lang=fr

  • Category: Category - :French terms spelled with Ö|maelstrom
    Translation: fr » maelström
    Translation: io » maelström
    Translation: vi » maelström

    maëlstrom at English (WD) Of Explained:



    Inter: fr-noun » m|sort=maelstrom
  • maelstrom

  • Translation: fr » maëlstrom