|—n , pl -texes, -tices|
|1.||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 |
vortex vor·tex (vôr'těks')
n. pl. vor·tex·es or vor·ti·ces (-tĭ-sēz')
A spiral motion of fluid within a limited area, especially a whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it toward its center.
|vortex (vôr'těks') Pronunciation Key
Plural vortexes or vortices (vôr'tĭ-sēz')
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. See also eddy.