vortex


vor·tex

noun \ˈvr-ˌteks\

: a mass of spinning air, liquid, etc., that pulls things into its center

plural vor·ti·ces \ˈvr-tə-ˌsēz\ also vor·tex·es \ˈvr-ˌtek-səz\

Full Definition of VORTEX

1
:  something that resembles a whirlpool <the hellish vortex of battle — Time>
2
a :  a mass of fluid (as a liquid) with a whirling or circular motion that tends to form a cavity or vacuum in the center of the circle and to draw toward this cavity or vacuum bodies subject to its action; especially :  whirlpool, eddy
b :  a region within a body of fluid in which the fluid elements have an angular velocity

Examples of VORTEX

  1. <a boat sucked down into the vortex>

Origin of VORTEX

New Latin vortic-, vortex, from Latin vertex, vortex whirlpool — more at vertex
First Known Use: 1652

Related to VORTEX

vor·tex

transitive verb \ˈv(ə)r-ˌteks\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VORTEX

: to mix (as the contents of a test tube) by means of a rapid whirling or circular motion <vortex air into a solution>
vor·tex·ing noun

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