Definitions of vortex

  1. the shape of something rotating rapidly
  2. a powerful circular current of water ( usually the resulting of conflicting tides)
  3. A supposed collection of particles of very subtile matter, endowed with a rapid rotary motion around an axis which was also the axis of a sun or a planet. Descartes attempted to account for the formation of the universe, and the movements of the bodies composing it, by a theory of vortices.
  4. Any one of numerous species of small Turbellaria belonging to Vortex and allied genera. See Illustration in Appendix.
  5. Any one of numerous species of small Turbellaria belonging to and allied genera. See Illustration in Appendix.
  6. Air or water with a circular current tending to suck bodies caught in it into a depression, or vacuum, at the center; an eddy or whirlpool.
  7. 1. The whorl of muscular fibers at the apex of the heart, v. cordis. 2. One of the stellar figures on the surface of the crystalline lens of the eye.
  8. Spiral- shaped fibres of heart.
  9. A whirling motion of a fluid forming a cavity in the centre: a whirlpool: a whirlwind:- pl. VORTICES.
  10. A whirlpool; whirlwind.
  11. A mass of rotating fluid; a whirl in a fluid; whirlpool; whirlwind.
  12. Vortical.
  13. A whirling or circular motion of water; a whirling of the air; a whirlwind. In the Cartesian system, the theory of a collection of particles of matter forming an ether or fluid, endowed with a rapid rotatory motion around an axis, as accounting for the planetary revolutions.
  14. The spiral arrangement of the muscle fibres at the apex of the heart.

Usage examples for vortex

  1. The same observations apply to Professor Flint's theistic argument drawn from recent scientific speculations as to the vortex- ring construction of matter. – A Candid Examination of Theism by George John Romanes
  2. The New World is being insensibly drawn into its vortex. – The Advent of Divine Justice by Shoghi Effendi
  3. I plunged into a vortex of pleasures, at once hollow and real. – The Magic Skin by Honore de Balzac
  4. Yasmini became India- India's heart; and I suppose that if King and I had understood her we would have been swept into her vortex, as it were, like drops of water into an ocean. – Caves of Terror by Talbot Mundy
  5. This terrible example, instead of proving a warning to nations, has, on the contrary, drawn nearly all of them into the same boiling vortex. – Irish Race in the Past and the Present by Aug. J. Thebaud
  6. My people do love me, mind, and I would rather be somebody in this savage though beautiful island than nobody in the vortex of London society. – Annie o' the Banks o' Dee by Gordon Stables
  7. The strong political bias of the time drew into its vortex most of the miscellaneous literature that was produced. – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
  8. It had become a matter of habit to go out somewhere of an evening three or four times a week, and Lilly quickly got to know every pleasure in the Berlin vortex of dissipation. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  9. She had left the building in a vortex of conflicting emotions, with the call of duty and of honor ringing through a thousand other voices of temptation and desire, the inner pleadings for a little happiness while yet she was young. – Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker
  10. No one who looks at my slow face can guess the vortex sometimes whirling in my heart, and engulfing thought and wrecking prudence. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  11. When man or woman has been drawn into the feverish vortex that sweeps around the gaming tables, the fair scene outside the walls is not of the slightest consequence. – Faces and Places by Henry William Lucy
  12. As the locomotive reversed and drew quickly out of that dangerous vortex of flame, the boy noticed that the last of the four cars was blazing at the roof. – Ralph of the Roundhouse by Allen Chapman
  13. Not a single dollar of all Markland had cast so blindly into the whirling vortex ever came back to him. – The Good Time Coming by T. S. Arthur
  14. The frail craft was seen to be in a tunnel of rough stone through which the roaring vortex of the waters poured with such violence that the boys and their aged companion were continually drenched with spray. – The Boy Aviators in Africa by Captain Wilbur Lawton
  15. Once the boat approached the vortex and was sucked down about half its length, the other half standing out of the water in an almost vertical position. – The Niagara River by Archer Butler Hulbert
  16. With the sincerest sorrow did we behold him treading this dangerous path, but in the vortex in which he was involved the feeble voice of friendship was no longer heard, and he was too much intoxicated to understand it. – The Ghost-Seer (or The Apparitionist), and Sport of Destiny by Frederich Schiller
  17. The other process dates back to the outbreak of the first World War that threw the great republic of the West into the vortex of the first stage of a world upheaval. – Citadel of Faith by Shoghi Effendi
  18. Adrienne, leaning back in her carriage, amused herself with watching this busy scene, sparkling with Parisian luxury; but, in the vortex of this brilliant chaos, she saw in thought the mild, melancholy countenance of Djalma- when suddenly something fell into her lap, and she started. – The Wandering Jew, Book VIII. by Eugene Sue
  19. A great city it seemed to me then, and a seething vortex of business as well as a whirl of gaiety, as I saw it in Washington Street, and in a promenade concert at Copeland's restaurant in Tremont Row. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  20. Many have had cause to regret the weakness of mind which allowed them to plunge into a vortex of gaiety and expense they could ill afford, from which they have found it difficult to extricate themselves, and the effects of which have proved a serious evil to them in after- life. – Martine's Hand-book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness by Arthur Martine