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"whirlwind" in British English

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whirlwindnoun [C]

uk   /ˈwɜːl.wɪnd/  us   /ˈwɝːl-/ (US also twister)
a ​tall, ​spinningcolumn of ​air that ​movesacross the ​surface of the ​land or ​sea

whirlwindadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈwɜːl.wɪnd/  us   /ˈwɝːl-/
(Definition of whirlwind from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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whirlwindnoun [C]

 us   /ˈhwɜrlˌwɪnd, ˈwɜrl-/
  • whirlwind noun [C] (STORM)

a ​storm with ​strongwinds that move in a ​circle People sometimes use whirlwind to ​describe a ​situation that ​happenssuddenly and that is ​full of ​lots of ​quicklychanging or ​confusingactivity: The ​filmcreated a whirlwind of ​controversy.

whirlwindadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈhwɜrlˌwɪnd, ˈwɜrl-/
happening or ​developing very ​quickly: a whirlwind ​tour
(Definition of whirlwind from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “whirlwind”
in Chinese (Simplified) 旋风…
in Chinese (Traditional) 旋風…
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