A violent windstorm of limited extent, as the tornado, characterized by an inward spiral motion of the air with an upward current in the center; a vortex of air. It usually has a rapid progressive motion.
- A rapidly rotating, generally vertical column of air, such as a tornado, dust devil, or waterspout.
- A tumultuous, confused rush.
- A destructive force or thing.
- Tumultuous or rapid: a whirlwind political campaign.