[ vawr-ti-kuh l ]
/ ˈvɔr tɪ kəl /


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

Origin of vortical

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

Related forms

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

  • 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.

    Kipps|H. G. Wells