- The definition of a vortex is a whirl of water or air, or the center of something that draws the outside in.
An example of a vortex is a whirlpool.
nounpl. vortexes or vortices
- a whirling mass of water forming a vacuum at its center, into which anything caught in the motion is drawn; whirlpool
- a whirl or powerful eddy of air; whirlwind
- any activity, situation, or state of affairs that resembles a whirl or eddy in its rush, absorbing effect, catastrophic power, etc.
Origin of vortexClassical Latin vortex, variant, variety of vertex: see vertex
nounpl. vor·tex·es or vor·ti·ces
- A whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it toward its center.
- A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it, and hence being inescapable or destructive: a vortex of political infighting; a vortex of despair.
Origin of vortexLatin vortex, vortic-, variant of vertex, from vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(plural vortexes or vortices)