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vortex

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noun vor·tex \ˈvȯr-ˌteks\

Simple Definition of vortex

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

Full Definition of vortex

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

  1. 1 :  something that resembles a whirlpool <the hellish vortex of battle — Time>

  2. 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


Medical Dictionary

vortex

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transitive verb vor·tex \ˈvȯ(ə)r-ˌteks\

Medical Definition of vortex

  1. :  to mix (as the contents of a test tube) by means of a rapid whirling or circular motion <vortex air into a solution>

  2. vor·tex·ing noun





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