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ˈvɔr tɛks; -təˌsizvor·tex

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whirl, swirl, vortex, convolutionnoun

    the shape of something rotating rapidly

  2. whirlpool, vortex, maelstromnoun

    a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)


  1. vortexnoun

    A whirlwind, whirlpool, or similarly moving matter in the form of a spiral or column.

  2. vortexnoun

    Anything that involves constant violent or chaotic activity around some centre.

  3. vortexnoun

    Anything which inevitably draws surrounding things into its current.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vortexnoun

    a mass of fluid, especially of a liquid, having a whirling or circular motion tending to form a cavity or vacuum in the center of the circle, and to draw in towards the center bodies subject to its action; the form assumed by a fluid in such motion; a whirlpool; an eddy

    Etymology: [L. vortex, vertex, -icis, fr. vortere, vertere, to turn. See Vertex.]

  2. Vortexnoun

    a supposed collection of particles of very subtile matter, endowed with a rapid rotary motion around an axis which was also the axis of a sun or a planet. Descartes attempted to account for the formation of the universe, and the movements of the bodies composing it, by a theory of vortices

    Etymology: [L. vortex, vertex, -icis, fr. vortere, vertere, to turn. See Vertex.]

  3. Vortexnoun

    any one of numerous species of small Turbellaria belonging to Vortex and allied genera. See Illustration in Appendix

    Etymology: [L. vortex, vertex, -icis, fr. vortere, vertere, to turn. See Vertex.]


  1. Vortex

    In fluid dynamics, a vortex is a region within a fluid where the flow is mostly a spinning motion about an imaginary axis, straight or curved. That motion pattern is called a vortical flow. Vortices form in stirred fluids, including liquids, gases, and plasmas. Some common examples are smoke rings, the whirlpools often seen in the wake of boats and paddles, and the winds surrounding hurricanes, tornadoes and dust devils. Vortices form in the wake of airplanes and are prominent features of Jupiter's atmosphere. Vortices are a major component of turbulent flow. In the absence of external forces, viscous friction within the fluid tends to organize the flow into a collection of so-called irrotational vortices. Within such a vortex, the fluid's velocity is greatest next to the imaginary axis, and decreases in inverse proportion to the distance from it. The vorticity is very high in a core region surrounding the axis, and nearly zero in the rest of the vortex; while the pressure drops sharply as one approaches that region. Once formed, vortices can move, stretch, twist, and interact in complex ways. A moving vortex carries with it some angular and linear momentum, energy, and mass. In a stationary vortex, the streamlines and pathlines are closed. In a moving or evolving vortex the streamlines and pathlines are usually spirals.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vortex

    vor′teks, n. a whirling motion of a fluid forming a cavity in the centre: a whirlpool: an eddy having a rotational motion of the smallest visible portion in the centre:—pl. Vor′tices, Vor′texes.—ns. Vor′tex-ring (phys.), a vortical molecular filament or column forming a ring composed of a number of small rotating circles, placed side by side—e.g. the smoke-rings emitted by a skilful cigarette-smoker; Vor′tex-thē′ory, the theory that matter is ultimately composed of vortices in a fluid—a conception due to Lord Kelvin.—adj. Vor′tical, whirling.—adv. Vor′tically.—adjs. Vor′ticose, Vortic′ūlar, Vortiginal (-ij′-), Vortiginous (-ij′-). [L. vortex, vertexvortĕre, vertĕre, to turn.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. vortex

    A whirlwind, or sudden, rapid, or violent motion of air or water in gyres or circles.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vortex in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

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    The numerical value of vortex in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of vortex in a Sentence

  1. Jennifer Foster:

    We're in the vortex of a massive supply chain and demand imbalance. It's as if someone turned on the light switch and the US went back to normal.

  2. David Yanez:

    With two or three Vortex and four or five solar panels, by investing 2,000 to 3,000 euros you could generate enough power for your home.

  3. Chi Tsang:

    We're just stuck in this negative vortex, where people don't like China...and now it's a 'broken IPO', which has added even more insult to injury, the stock is cheap, it's very cheap.

  4. H.W. Mann:

    We are an energy vortex

  5. Jason Furtado:

    Some winters, it remains fairly unperturbed. Other winters( like this one), it can be severely disrupted/weakened, understanding what is happening with the polar vortex is one of several features in our climate that helps meteorologists understand what to expect for winter weather over the next 2-6 weeks.

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