noun, plural vor·tex·es, vor·ti·ces [vawr-tuh-seez] /ˈvɔr təˌsiz/.
Origin of vortex
Related Words for vorticeswhirlpool, spiral, whirlwind, whirl, gyre, tornado, eddy, cyclone, twister, waterspout, tourbillion
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Historical Examples of vortices
Fifty-eight of those atrocious Dilipic vortices had been driven to ground.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
"Phlogiston" and "vortices" had their day and are forgotten.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
Vortices may be called an occult quality, because their existence was never proved.Letters on England
The vortices, as Descartes imagined them, are not now believed in.
Possibly, gravity does part of the work, and the vortices of Descartes interfere with it.
noun plural -texes or -tices (-tɪˌsiːz)
Word Origin 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.