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[vawr-ti-kuh l]
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  1. of or relating to a vortex.
  2. suggesting or resembling a vortex.
  3. moving in a vortex.
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Origin of vortical

1645–55; < Latin vortic- (stem of vortex vortex) + -al1
Related formsvor·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for vortical

Historical Examples

  • Whence comes the vortical motion which has produced their forms?

    Man's Place in the Universe

    Alfred R. Wallace

  • But if the current of their conversation had been vortical and crowded, the outcome was perfectly clear.


    H. G. Wells