Meaning of VORTEX in English


vor ‧ tex /ˈvɔːteks $ ˈvɔːr-/ BrE AmE noun ( plural vortices /-təsiːz, -tɪsiːz/ or vortexes ) [countable]

[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Language: Modern Latin ; Origin: Latin vertex , vortex ; ⇨ ↑ vertex ]

1 . a mass of wind or water that spins quickly and pulls things into its centre

2 . [usually singular] written a situation that has a powerful effect on people’s lives and that influences their behaviour, even if they do not want it to

vortex of

the vortex of emotions surrounding the case

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