[ vawr-ti-kuh l ]
/ ˈvɔr tɪ kəl /


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

Nearby words

  1. vortex drag,
  2. vortex ring,
  3. vortex shedding,
  4. vortex street,
  5. vortex vein,
  6. vortically,
  7. vorticella,
  8. vortices,
  9. vorticism,
  10. vorticity

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

  • 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