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VORTEX (vortices)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vortex mean? 

VORTEX (noun)
  The noun VORTEX has 2 senses:

1. the shape of something rotating rapidly
2. a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)

  Familiarity information: VORTEX used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


VORTEX (noun)


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Meaning:

The shape of something rotating rapidly

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

convolution; swirl; vortex; whirl

Hypernyms ("vortex" is a kind of...):

round shape (a shape that is curved and without sharp angles)


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Meaning:

A powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

maelstrom; whirlpool; vortex

Hypernyms ("vortex" is a kind of...):

current; stream (a steady flow (usually from natural causes))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "vortex"):

Charybdis ((Greek mythology) a ship-devouring whirlpool lying on the other side of a narrow strait from Scylla)


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