Definition of vortex noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    vortex

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈvɔrtɛks//
     
    (pl. vortexes or vortices
    NAmE//ˈvɔrt̮əsiz//
     
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  1. 1(technology) a mass of air, water, etc. that spins around very fast and pulls things into its center synonym whirlpool, whirlwind
  2. 2(literary) a very powerful feeling or situation that you cannot avoid or escape from They were caught up in a whirling vortex of emotion.
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