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vortex

vor·tex

vortex

 
pronunciation:
vor teks
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part of speech: noun
inflections: vortexes, vortices
definition 1: a whirling mass of fluid, air, or the like, such as a whirlpool, that generates a vacuum in the center toward which things are drawn.
Debris swirled in the vortex of the tornado.
definition 2: any situation that resembles a whirlpool in its violent or chaotic activity, capacity to attract and engulf, or the like.
similar words:
maelstrom
derivations: vortical (adj.), vortically (adv.)