Definition of vortex
vorticesplay \ˈvȯr-tə-ˌsēz\ also
1 : something that resembles a whirlpool the hellish vortex of battle — Time
2a : a mass of fluid (such 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, eddyb : a region within a body of fluid in which the fluid elements have an angular velocity
Examples of vortex in a Sentence
a boat sucked down into the vortex
Recent Examples of vortex from the Web
According to the National Weather Service, waterspouts are intense vortexes similar to tornadoes, but over water.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific trash vortex, would be no more.
This dormant volcano in northern California is believed to be one of the strongest energy vortexes in North America, and tales of its unexplained mysteries abound—one legend even claims that a hidden city filled with advanced beings from a lost continent hides beneath its peaks.
Blame the rain on what's called an MCV or mesoscale convective vortex.
The practice of trading away the top pick in the NBA draft, or being caught in the vortex of such a move, is perilous business, and few franchises have more firsthand experience with that than the 76ers.
But Kalanick wasn’t the only Uber official sucked into the vortex unleashed by Fowler’s essay.
The Great Pyramids of Egypt, Machu Picchu in Brazil, Stonehenge in England, Bali and Mount Shasta are all believed to have vortices.
The next project in the upcoming Jackson-themed vortex is Bubbles, a film about Jackson’s famous pet chimpanzee, who traveled everywhere with the star and once bit a young Rashida Jones on the hand.
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VORTEX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vortex for English Language Learners
: a mass of spinning air, liquid, etc., that pulls things into its center
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
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