Pronunciation: (hwûrl'wind", wûrl'-),[key] —n. 1. any of several relatively small masses of air rotating rapidly around a more or less vertical axis and advancing simultaneously over land or sea, as a dust devil, tornado, or waterspout.
2. anything resembling a whirlwind, as in violent action or destructive force.
3. any circling rush or violent onward course.
4. reap the whirlwind, to suffer the penalties for one's misdeeds. Hos. 8:7.
—adj. like a whirlwind, as in speed or force: a whirlwind visit to New York.