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vortical

[ vawr-ti-kuhl ]
/ ˈvɔr tɪ kəl /
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adjective

of or relating to a vortex.
suggesting or resembling a vortex.
moving in a vortex.

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Origin of vortical

1645–55; <Latin vortic- (stem of vortexvortex) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM vortical

vor·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for vortical

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

    Man's Place in the Universe|Alfred R. Wallace
  • On the contrary, they may and do move both towards the poles and downwards by circuitous and even vortical paths.

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

    Kipps|H. G. Wells
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