Pronunciation: (māl'strum), [key]
1. a large, powerful, or violent whirlpool.
2. a restless, disordered, or tumultuous state of affairs: the maelstrom of early morning traffic.
3. (cap.) a famous hazardous whirlpool off the NW coast of Norway.
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