Definition of Maelstrom

1. Noun. A powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides).

Exact synonyms: Vortex, Whirlpool
Generic synonyms: Current, Stream
Specialized synonyms: Charybdis
Derivative terms: Whirlpool



Definition of Maelstrom

1. n. A celebrated whirlpool on the coast of Norway.

Definition of Maelstrom

1. Noun. A large and violent whirlpool. ¹

2. Noun. Any violent or turbulent situation. ¹

3. Noun. (alternative spelling of maelstrom) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Maelstrom

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Maelstrom

madwort
madworts
madzoon
madzoons
madzoun
mae
maedi
maedi virus
maegashira
maegbot
maegbote
maegth
maegthen
maelid
maelids
maelstrom (current term)
maelstroms
maenad
maenades
maenadic
maenadism
maenadisms
maenads
maenor
maenors
maerl
maerls
maes
maestoso
maestosos

Literary usage of Maelstrom

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Children of the Tenements by Jacob August Riis (1904)
"The others are booked for it from the day they are pushed out from the rapids of the Bowery into this maelstrom that sucks under all it seizes. ..."

2. Francisco José de Caldas: A Scientist at Work in Nueva Granada by John Wilton Appel (1994)
"Time and again Caldas tried to right himself in the maelstrom's wake. But its fury grew unabated until he was finally swept away. ..."

3. The Scrap Book (1906)
"A Descent Into the maelstrom" is generally regarded as one of the most representative of his stories. WE had now reached the summit of the loftiest crag. ..."

4. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H Warner (1902)
"A DESCENT INTO THE maelstrom WE had now reached the summit of the loftiest crag. For some minutes the old man seemed too much exhausted to speak. ..."

5. The Mariner's Chronicle: Containing Narratives of the Most Remarkable by Archibald Duncan (1834)
"THE maelstrom. THE maelstrom, a very dangerous whirlpool on the coast of Norway, in the 68th degree of latitude, in the province of Nordland, ..."

6. Junior High School Literature by William Harris Elson, Christine M. Keck (1919)
"STORIES OF THE SEA A DESCENT INTO THE maelstrom EDGAR ALLAN POE MY FIRST VIEW OF THE maelstrom We had now reached the summit of the loftiest crag. ..."

7. American Prose (1607-1865) by Walter Cochrane Bronson (1916)
"EDGAR ALLAN POE A DESCENT INTO THE maelstrom The ways of God in Nature, as in Providence, are not as our ways; nor are the models that we frame any way ..."

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