vortex

noun vor·tex \ ˈvȯr-ˌteks \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of vortex

plural vortices play \ˈvȯr-tə-ˌsēz\ also vortexes play \ˈvȯr-ˌtek-səz\
1 : something that resembles a whirlpool
  • the hellish vortex of battle
  • Time
2 a : 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, 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

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Origin and Etymology of vortex

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

vortex Synonyms

Synonyms
gulf, maelstrom, whirlpool
Related Words
tourbillion (or tourbillon); eddy, swirl, whirl

VORTEX Defined for English Language Learners

vortex

noun

Definition of vortex for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

vortex

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

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

vortexing

noun


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