noun, plural vor·tex·es, vor·ti·ces [vawr-tuh-seez] /ˈvɔr təˌsiz/.
Origin of vortex
Examples from the Web for vortex
Yet not everyone is caught up this vortex of paralysis and resentment.
No, that would be Baia, a popular Roman resort once described by Seneca the Younger as a “vortex of luxury” (sign me up).
Except for a few storm chasers, who rushed straight toward the vortex.
Since last year, Greece has been sucked into a vortex by the debt woes that are now threatening the very foundations of the euro.
By the time a defense can be mounted, the vortex has already done its damage.
A philosopher and an artist, he was drawn by circumstance into the vortex of affairs.Marse Henry (Vol. 2)|Henry Watterson
These were the most perfect whirlpools I have ever seen, those above having been lacking in so distinct a vortex.A Canyon Voyage|Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
We can get a job driving a grocer's wagon, or we can get swallowed up in the Vortex of Bohemia.The Voice of the City|O. Henry
For a plane boundary the image is the optical reflection of the vortex.
But the wisdom of Washington saved us from being drawn into the vortex, which has since devoured all who approached it.
British Dictionary definitions for vortex
noun plural -texes or -tices (-tɪˌsiːz)
Word Origin for vortex
Word Origin and History for vortex
1650s, "whirlpool, eddying mass," from Latin vortex, variant of vertex "an eddy of water, wind, or flame; whirlpool; whirlwind," from stem of vertere "to turn" (see versus). Plural form is vortices. Became prominent in 17c. theories of astrophysics (by Descartes, etc.). In reference to human affairs, it is attested from 1761. Vorticism as a movement in British arts and literature is attested from 1914, coined by Ezra Pound.