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vortex

vor·tex

 (vôr′tĕks′)
n. pl. vor·tex·es or vor·ti·ces (-tĭ-sēz′)
1. A whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it toward its center.
2. 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.

[Latin vortex, vortic-, variant of vertex, from vertere, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

vortex

(ˈvɔːtɛks)
n, pl -texes or -tices (-tɪˌsiːz)
1. (General Physics) a whirling mass or rotary motion in a liquid, gas, flame, etc, such as the spiralling movement of water around a whirlpool
2. any activity, situation, or way of life regarded as irresistibly engulfing
[C17: from Latin: a whirlpool; variant of vertex]
ˈvortical adj
ˈvortically adv

vor•tex

(ˈvɔr tɛks)

n., pl. -tex•es, -ti•ces (-təˌsiz)
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. something likened to a whirlpool, as in violent activity or the tendency to draw into its current everything that surrounds it.
[1645–55; < Latin, variant of vertex]

vor·tex

(vôr′tĕks′)
Plural vortexes or vortices (vôr′tĭ-sēz′)
A mass of whirling fluid, especially a whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it toward its center. Eddies and whirlpools are examples of vortexes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vortex - the shape of something rotating rapidlyvortex - the shape of something rotating rapidly
round shape - a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
2.vortex - a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)vortex - a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
current, stream - a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes); "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air"; "the hose ejected a stream of water"
Charybdis - (Greek mythology) a ship-devouring whirlpool lying on the other side of a narrow strait from Scylla

vortex

noun whirlpool, eddy, maelstrom, Charybdis (literary), gyre, countercurrent a vortex of encircling winds
Translations
vortico
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vortex

[ˈvɔːteks] N (vortexes or vortices (pl)) [ˈvɔːtɪsiːz]
1. (lit) → vórtice m, torbellino m
2. (fig) [of activity] → torbellino, remolino m

vortex

n pl <-es or vortices> (lit)Wirbel m, → Strudel m (also fig)

vortex

[ˈvɔːtɛks] n (vortices (pl)) [ˈvɔːtɪsiːz] (frm) (whirl) → vortice m (fig) → turbine m

vor·tex

n. vórtice, estructura de forma espiral.
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Just as Alice veiled her eyes in horror, under the impression that they were about to be swept within the vortex at the foot of the cataract, the canoe floated, stationary, at the side of a flat rock, that lay on a level with the water.
Work being slack at present at Devil's Ford, I reck'ned I'd take a pasear down to 'Frisco, and dip into the vortex o' fash'nable society and out again.
And now, concentric circles seized the lone boat itself, and all its crew, and each floating oar, and every lance-pole, and spinning, animate and inanimate, all round and round in one vortex, carried the smallest chip of the Pequod out of sight.
As a whirlpool of boiling waters has a centre point, so, all this raging circled round Defarge's wine-shop, and every human drop in the caldron had a tendency to be sucked towards the vortex where Defarge himself, already begrimed with gunpowder and sweat, issued orders, issued arms, thrust this man back, dragged this man forward, disarmed one to arm another, laboured and strove in the thickest of the uproar.
I hired a boat directly, and we put off to her; and getting through the little vortex of confusion of which she was the centre, went on board.
Raoul dressed in frantic haste, prepared to forget his distress by flinging himself, as people say, into "the vortex of pleasure.
The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity, and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.
It may be easily understood that in the present disposition of his master nothing could be more disagreeable to Bazin than the arrival of D'Artagnan, which might cast his master back again into that vortex of mundane affairs which had so long carried him away.
The long, dark streak of the gliding weapon, and the little bubbling vortex which followed its rapid flight, were easily to be seen: but it was not until the handle snot again into the air by its own reaction, and its master catching it in his hand, threw its tines uppermost, that Elizabeth was acquainted with the success of the blow.
At times I seem still seem to be caught within that vortex.
The whole body of the river was compressed into a space of less than thirty feet in width, between two ledges of rocks, upwards of two hundred feet high, and formed a whirling and tumultuous vortex, so frightfully agitated as to receive the name of "The Caldron Linn.
She warns us to look out for the back-wash of the bad vortex in which (her beam shows it) she is even now reeling.