Meaning of VORTEX in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈvȯr-ˌteks ]


( plural vor·ti·ces ˈvȯr-tə-ˌsēz ; also vor·tex·es ˈvȯr-ˌtek-səz)

Etymology: New Latin vortic-, vortex, from Latin vertex, vortex whirlpool — more at vertex

Date: 1652

1. : something that resembles a whirlpool

the hellish vortex of battle — Time


a. : a mass of fluid (as a liquid) with a whirling or circular motion that tends to form a cavity or vacuum in the center of the circle and to draw toward this cavity or vacuum bodies subject to its action ; especially : whirlpool , eddy

b. : a region within a body of fluid in which the fluid elements have an angular velocity

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