Meaning of VORTEX in English


noun any one of numerous species of small turbellaria belonging to vortex and allied genera. ·see illustration in appendix.

2. vortex ·noun 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. vortex ·noun 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.

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