vortical

adjective

vor·​ti·​cal ˈvȯr-ti-kəl How to pronounce vortical (audio)
: of, relating to, or resembling a vortex : swirling
vortically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Spinning on a vortical current of their own creation and vanishing into a dark hole. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Hydrogen, oxygen and all other atoms were, deep down, just different types of vortical knots. Quanta Magazine, 16 Dec. 2015 The other route is the chiral vortical symmetry, which requires that the plasma be rotating. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 2 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vortical was in 1653

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Cite this Entry

“Vortical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vortical. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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