- 1(technology) a mass of air, water, etc. that spins around very fast and pulls things into its center synonym whirlpool, whirlwind
- 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.
NAmE//ˈvɔrtɛks//(pl. vortexes or vortices