vortex Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Definition of “vortex” - English Dictionary

"vortex" in American English

See all translations

vortexnoun [C]

 us   /ˈvɔr·teks/ (plural vortices  /ˈvɔr·t̬ɪˌsiz/ )
earth science a ​mass of ​air or ​water that ​spins around very ​fast and ​pullsobjects into ​itsemptycenter
(Definition of vortex from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"vortex" in British English

See all translations


uk   /ˈvɔː.teks/  us   /ˈvɔːr.t̬eks/ (plural vortexes or vortices uk   /-tɪ.siːz/  us   /-t̬ə-/ )
[C] specialized environment a ​mass of ​air or ​water that spins around very ​fast and ​pullsobjects into ​itsemptycentre [C usually singular] literary a ​dangerous or ​badsituation in which you ​become more and more ​involved and from which you cannot ​escape: I was sucked into a vortex ofdespair.
(Definition of vortex from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “vortex”
in Chinese (Simplified) 旋涡, 涡流, (困境的)旋涡…
in Chinese (Traditional) 漩渦, 渦流, (困境的)漩渦…
What is the pronunciation of vortex?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


showing no fear of dangerous or difficult things

Word of the Day

There is no such thing as a true synonym in English. Discuss!
There is no such thing as a true synonym in English. Discuss!
by Kate Woodford,
November 25, 2015
In the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary the word ‘synonym’ is defined as ‘a word or phrase that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language’. As you might expect, definitions for this word are broadly similar in other dictionaries and yet the italicized

Read More 

conversational user interface noun
conversational user interface noun
November 30, 2015
a computer interface that provides information to users in normal, conversational speech in response to spoken requests Nearly every major tech company—from Amazon to Intel to Microsoft to Google—is chasing the sort of conversational user interface that Kaplan and his colleagues at PARC imagined decades ago.

Read More