Vortex meaning

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A whirling mass of water forming a vacuum at its center, into which anything caught in the motion is drawn; whirlpool.
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A whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it toward its center.
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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.

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A whirl or powerful eddy of air; whirlwind.
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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.

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A whirlwind, whirlpool, or similarly moving matter in the form of a spiral or column.
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(figuratively) Anything that involves constant violent or chaotic activity around some centre.
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(figuratively) Anything which inevitably draws surrounding things into its current.
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Any activity, situation, or state of affairs that resembles a whirl or eddy in its rush, absorbing effect, catastrophic power, etc.
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A circular, spiral, or helical motion in a fluid (such as a gas) or the fluid in such a motion. A vortex often forms around areas of low pressure and attracts the fluid (and the objects moving within it) toward its center. Tornados are examples of vortexes; vortexes that form around flying objects are a source of turbulence and drag.
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Origin of vortex

  • Latin vortex vortic- variant of vertex from vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition