vor·​tic·​i·​ty vȯr-ˈti-sə-tē How to pronounce vorticity (audio)
: the state of a fluid in vortical motion
broadly : vortical motion
: a measure of vortical motion
especially : a vector measure of local rotation in a fluid flow

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the case of Sandy, forecasters monitored a higher-order variable called potential vorticity, a measure of a weather system's swirl, to help predict the storm's future development. Ian Roulstone, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2013 Radio beam vorticity and orbital angular momentum. Edwin Cartlidge, Discover Magazine, 10 Oct. 2011 High vorticity often means stronger storms. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2022 The gold lines model vorticity (rotation) while the gray lines represent wind speed, with the red swath denoting the highest speeds. Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2017 Without the backing of a mathematical proof, the value of the vorticity might only seem to be increasing to infinity because of some artifact of the simulation. Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 16 Nov. 2022 That signature is a correlation between the divergence and the anticyclonic vorticity. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 27 Sep. 2022 Soon enough, at a point along the boundary where the opposing flows meet, the fluid’s vorticity explodes. Quanta Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022 The problem is that for this to work, the mathematicians don’t just have to solve the equations (now written in self-similar coordinates) for the usual parameters, such as velocity and vorticity. Quanta Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vorticity was in 1888

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“Vorticity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vorticity. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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