vortex

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noun vor·tex \ˈvȯr-ˌteks\

Definition of vortex

plural

vortices

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vortexes

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  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 in a sentence

  1. <a boat sucked down into the vortex>

Origin and Etymology of vortex

New Latin vortic-, vortex, from Latin vertex, vortex whirlpool — more at vertex


First Known Use: 1652


VORTEX Defined for English Language Learners

vortex

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noun vor·tex \ˈvȯr-ˌteks\

Definition of vortex for English Language Learners

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


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>

vortexing

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