Definition of vortex noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvɔːteks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɔːrteks//
    (pl. vortexes, vortices
    BrE BrE//ˈvɔːtɪsiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɔːrtɪsiːz//
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  1. 1(specialist) a mass of air, water, etc. that spins around very fast and pulls things into its centre 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.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin vortex, vortic-, literally ‘eddy’, variant of vertex.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vortex