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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.]
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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
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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]
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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.
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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
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vortex

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

vortex

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

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

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

n. vórtice, estructura de forma espiral.
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