vortex

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

vortex (plural vortexes or vortices)

  1. A whirlwind, whirlpool, or similarly moving matter in the form of a spiral or column.
    • 2013 March 1, Frank Fish, George Lauder, “Not Just Going with the Flow”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 2, page 114: 
      An extreme version of vorticity is a vortex. The vortex is a spinning, cyclonic mass of fluid, which can be observed in the rotation of water going down a drain, as well as in smoke rings, tornados and hurricanes.
  2. (figuratively) Anything that involves constant violent or chaotic activity around some centre.
  3. (figuratively) Anything that inevitably draws surrounding things into its current.
  4. (historical) A supposed collection of particles of very subtle matter, endowed with a rapid rotary motion around an axis which was also the axis of a sun or planet; part of a Cartesian theory accounting for the formation of the universe, and the movements of the bodies composing it.
  5. (zoology) Any of numerous species of small Turbellaria belonging to Vortex and allied genera.

Quotations[edit]

2004: the consumer vortex that is East Hampton — The New Yorker, 30 August 2004, p.38

Related terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]


Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Archaic form of Latin vertex, from vertō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

vortex m (genitive vorticis); third declension

  1. whirlpool, eddy, vortex

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative vortex vorticēs
genitive vorticis vorticum
dative vorticī vorticibus
accusative vorticem vorticēs
ablative vortice vorticibus
vocative vortex vorticēs

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • vortex in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879