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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)

Wiktionary

  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

  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

  3. Vortexnoun

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

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

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  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

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vortex in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of vortex in a Sentence

  1. Robert Bleischwitz:

    In cases where the flow is at higher risk of detaching from the surface; so your vehicle has a risk to sag down, to fall down. In that period a membrane wing can keep it afloat because the dynamics in the surface trigger vortices which roll down the wing, and these vortices produce lift. So you can use this vortex generation to produce lift. And you need the membrane to excite, generate these vortices.

  2. Gil Harrington:

    Every vortex of pain and suffering reverts back to Jesse Matthews, who has caused this and the repercussions of this, they will go through generations of his family just as they will go through our family.

  3. Gary Frantz:

    We learned a lot of lessons from last year's polar vortex.

  4. Steve Bowen:

    Steve Bowen, director and meteorologist at Aons impact forecasting team, said in a news release. WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019 : HERE ARE THE BIGGEST MOMENTS, FROM POLAR VORTEX TO HURRICANE DORIAN The area that was worst hit in the last decade was the Asia-Pacific region, which accounted for 44 percent of the total amount of economic losses, according to the report. In 2019 one of the greatest disasters was when Typhoon Hagibis struck Japan in October, causing 99 deaths and $ 15 billion in economic losses. ( National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellites - Public Affairs) In 2019, one of the greatest disasters was when Typhoon Hagibis struck Japan in October, causing 99 deaths and $ 15 billion in economic losses. In its report, Aon said intense weather events, bigger populations in the path of disasters and greater supply chain disruption in a globalized economy contributed to the sharp rise in overall economic damage. The runway at Offutt Air Force Base can be seen covered by floodwaters from the Missouri River during flooding in 2019. ( 55th Wing Commander/Facebook) The costliest individual disaster in 2019 was inland flooding, which created losses of $ 82 billion, while tropical cyclones caused economic losses globally around $ 68 billion. In the U.S., floodingspawned by the bomb cyclonein the Midwest caused economic losses of over $ 20 billion, the report noted. 10 DEADLIEST US TORNADOES ON RECORD According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2019 was the second-hottest year in the agencys 140-year climate record, just behind 2016. The agency also noted that the worlds five warmest years have all occurred since 2015, with nine of the 10 warmest years occurring since 2005. Scientific research indicates that climate change will continue to affect all types of weather phenomena and subsequently impact increasingly urbanized areas.

  5. 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.

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