Vortexes
Vortex Vor"tex, n.; pl. E. {Vortexes}, L. {Vortices}. [L. vortex, vertex, -icis, fr. vortere, vertere, to turn. See {Vertex}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A mass of fluid, especially of a liquid, having a whirling or circular motion tending to form a cavity or vacuum in the center of the circle, and to draw in towards the center bodies subject to its action; the form assumed by a fluid in such motion; a whirlpool; an eddy. [1913 Webster]

2. (Cartesian System) 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. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small Turbellaria belonging to {Vortex} and allied genera. See Illustration in Appendix. [1913 Webster]

{Vortex atom} (Chem.), a hypothetical ring-shaped mass of elementary matter in continuous vortical motion. It was conveniently regarded in certain early mathematical models as the typical form and structure of the chemical atom, but is no longer considered a useful model, having been superseded by quantum mechanics.

{Vortex wheel}, a kind of turbine. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • vortexes —  / vortices  For the plural of vortex, either is correct …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • vortexes — vor·tex || vÉ”rteks / vɔː n. eddy, whirlpool; engulfing situation …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vortexes, vortices —    For the plural of vortex, either is correct …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • vortexes, vortices —    For the plural of vortex, either is correct …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • Atmosphere of Venus — Atmosphere of Venus …   Wikipedia

  • Mass flow sensor — A mass airflow sensor. A mass air flow sensor is used to find out the mass flowrate of air entering a fuel injected internal combustion engine. The air mass information is necessary for the engine control unit (ECU) to balance and deliver the… …   Wikipedia

  • Viktor Schauberger — (30 June1885 – 25 September1958) was a Austrian forester/forest warden, naturalist, philosopher, inventor and Biomimicry experimenter. He believed he was more intelligent than all of the world s existing scientists and evidence suggests that he… …   Wikipedia

  • Ilchi Lee — Infobox Person tablewidth = 284 name = Ilchi Lee caption = Ilchi Lee in 2002 award = Korean Civil Merit in 2002 birth date = birth date and age|1950|12|23 birth place = Cheonan, South Chungcheong flagicon|South Korea occupation = Educator, Author …   Wikipedia

  • vortex — /ˈvɔtɛks / (say vawteks) noun (plural vortexes or vortices /ˈvɔtəsiz/ (say vawtuhseez)) 1. a whirling movement or mass of water, as a whirlpool. 2. a whirling movement or mass of air, as a whirlwind. 3. a whirling mass of fire, flame, etc. 4. a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Vortex — Vor tex, n.; pl. E. {Vortexes}, L. {Vortices}. [L. vortex, vertex, icis, fr. vortere, vertere, to turn. See {Vertex}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A mass of fluid, especially of a liquid, having a whirling or circular motion tending to form a cavity or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”