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revolving current in an ocean, river, or lake. It may be caused by the configuration of the shore, irregularities in the bottom of the body of water, the meeting of opposing currents or tides, or the action of the wind upon the water. There are no true whirlpools really dangerous to shipping; the Maelstrom, near Norway, and CharybdisCharybdis
, in Greek mythology, a female monster. Because she stole Hercules' cattle, Zeus hurled her into the sea. There she lay under rocks across from Scylla and sucked in and spewed out huge amounts of water, creating a whirlpool.
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, near Sicily, are subjects of legend and myth, and CorrievrekinCorrievrekin
or Corryvreckan
, whirlpool in Corrievrekin passage N of Jura island, Argyll and Bute, W Scotland.
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, near Scotland, was feared by the sailors of small boats. The Whirlpool Rapids below Niagara Falls are remarkable for their volume and violence, caused by an irregularity in the Niagara River channel. There is also a whirlpool below Victoria FallsVictoria Falls,
waterfall, c.1 mi (1.6 km) wide with a maximum drop of 420 ft (128 m), in the Zambezi River, S central Africa, on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border. The falls are formed as the Zambezi plummets into a narrow chasm (c.
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 in S Africa.
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What does it mean when you dream about a whirlpool?

A dream in which a whirlpool poses a threat could indicate that the dreamer is resisting a confrontation with a person or situation that he or she must inevitably confront. A whirlpool can also represent being pulled unwillingly into a confrontation with repressed material in the unconscious mind.

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Water in rapid rotary motion.
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a powerful circular current or vortex of water, usually produced by conflicting tidal currents or by eddying at the foot of a waterfall
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For example, its whirlpool bath comes complete with an adjustable lift system to facilitate the transferring of immobilized residents from their rooms to the tub.
A variety of interventions were completed, including hyperchlorination of the ship's potable water supply, removal of the whirlpool filters, and discontinuation of the whirlpool baths. Following completion of these interventions, on July 30 the Horizon resumed its weekly sailing schedule from New York City to Bermuda.
Whirlpool baths, basically similar to the ordinary bathtub, are outfitted with a built-in pump that aerates and automatically recirculates the water.
A premiere provider of steam showers, hot tubs, saunas, spas and whirlpool baths, the firm provides clients with the means to relax and indulge in pure luxury.
The range of products available from Showerlux now extends beyond the shower enclosures on which its success has been founded and today includes spa and whirlpool baths and designer sinks.
Additionally, the use of essential oils or aromatherapy in conjunction with spa and whirlpool baths is thought to have a beneficial effect on both stress and problems such as bronchitis, colds and sinusitis.
There are also 73 condominiums and 28 spacious suites with saunas, whirlpool baths, and wet bars.
Tim Fullam, of leading UK self-catering operator Hoseasons, says holiday properties which make ideal romantic hideaways with hot tubs, whirlpool baths and four-poster beds are seeing soaraway demand in 2003 - and so is Bel Air, formerly dubbed The Love Boat, which sails the Norfolk Broads out of Wroxham with a four-poster on board.