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Meaning of VORTEX

Pronunciation:  'vorteks

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a powerful circular current of water (usually the resulting of conflicting tides)
  2. [n]  the shape of something rotating rapidly

VORTEX is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: convolution, maelstrom, swirl, whirl, whirlpool
 See Also: Charybdis, current, round shape, stream



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vor"tex\, n.; pl. E. {Vortexes}, L. {Vortices}. [L.
vortex, vertex, -icis, fr. vortere, vertere, to turn. See
1. A mass of fluid, especially of a liquid, having a whirling
   or circular motion tending to form a cavity or vacuum in
   the center of the circle, and to draw in towards the
   center bodies subject to its action; the form assumed by a
   fluid in such motion; a whirlpool; an eddy.

2. (Cartesian System) A supposed collection of particles of
   very subtile matter, endowed with a rapid rotary motion
   around an axis which was also the axis of a sun or a
   planet. Descartes attempted to account for the formation
   of the universe, and the movements of the bodies composing
   it, by a theory of vortices.

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small
   Turbellaria belonging to {Vortex} and allied genera. See
   Illustration in Appendix.

{Vortex atom} (Chem.), a hypothetical ring-shaped mass of
   elementary matter in continuous vortical motion. It is
   conveniently regarded in certain mathematical speculations
   as the typical form and structure of the chemical atom.

{Vortex wheel}, a kind of turbine.