vortex: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (vôr'teks), [key]
— pl. -tex•es, -ti•ces
- a whirling mass of water, esp. one in which a force of suction operates, as a whirlpool.
- a whirling mass of air, esp. one in the form of a visible column or spiral, as a tornado.
- a whirling mass of fire, flame, etc.
- a state of affairs likened to a whirlpool for violent activity, irresistible force, etc.
- something regarded as drawing into its powerful current everything that surrounds it: the vortex of war.
- (in Cartesian philosophy) a rapid rotatory movement of cosmic matter about a center, regarded as accounting for the origin or phenomena of bodies or systems of bodies in space.
- vortex (Thesaurus)