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
The Great Pyramids of Egypt, Machu Picchu in Brazil, Stonehenge in England, Bali and Mount Shasta are all believed to have vortices.
To create the low-pressure vortices, both the lamprey and the jellyfish exploit their bendy bits—
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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
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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