Meaning of VORTEX in English


/vawr"teks/ , n. , pl. vortexes, vortices /-teuh seez'/ .

1. a whirling mass of water, esp. one in which a force of suction operates, as a whirlpool.

2. a whirling mass of air, esp. one in the form of a visible column or spiral, as a tornado.

3. a whirling mass of fire, flame, etc.

4. a state of affairs likened to a whirlpool for violent activity, irresistible force, etc.

5. something regarded as drawing into its powerful current everything that surrounds it: the vortex of war.

6. (in Cartesian philosophy) a rapid rotatory movement of cosmic matter about a center, regarded as accounting for the origin or phenomena of bodies or systems of bodies in space.

[ 1645-55; vertex VERTEX ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .