vortex

[v_ˈɔː_t_ɛ_k_s], [vˈɔːtɛks], [vˈɔːtɛks]

Definitions of vortex:

  1.   A whirling motion of a fluid forming a cavity in the centre: a whirlpool: a whirlwind:- pl. VORTICES. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   Vortical. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3.   A whirlpool; whirlwind. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4.   The spiral arrangement of the muscle fibres at the apex of the heart. – A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  5.   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. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Quotes for vortex:

  1. When faced with the inevitable fatigue that comes with the recycling of speeches and the recycling of thoughts in a rather small stream of vortex I am urged to not be ashamed of recycling. – Barbara Amiel
  2. Life has become terribly insecure. It's on the vortex of civil war. It's difficult to know how America will bring it back from the brink and build up good will. – Jon Lee Anderson
  3. The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy. – Ezra Pound
  4. I went to Vortex and Vortex is a whole 'nother story. – Rob Walton

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. 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
  3. “ 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
  4. “ 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
  5. “ 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. “ I plunged into a vortex of pleasures, at once hollow and real. ” – The Magic Skin by Honore de Balzac
  10. 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

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