nounpl. -·tex·es or -·ti·ces·
- 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