vor·​ti·​cal | \ ˈvȯr-ti-kəl How to pronounce vortical (audio) \

Definition of vortical

: of, relating to, or resembling a vortex : swirling

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vortically \ ˈvȯr-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce vortically (audio) \ adverb

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Hydrogen, oxygen and all other atoms were, deep down, just different types of vortical knots. Quanta Magazine, "A Fight for the Soul of Science," 16 Dec. 2015 The other route is the chiral vortical symmetry, which requires that the plasma be rotating. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Taking quark-gluon plasma for a spin may un-break a fundamental symmetry," 2 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of vortical

1653, in the meaning defined above

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