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vortex

noun uk   /ˈvɔː.teks/ us    /ˈvɔːr.t̬eks/ ( plural vortexes or vortices   /-tɪ.siːz/    /-t̬ə-/)
[C] specialized environment a mass of air or water that spins around very fast and pulls objects into its empty centre [C usually singular] literary a dangerous or bad situation in which you become more and more involved and from which you cannot escape: I was sucked into a vortex of despair.
Translations of “vortex”
in Chinese (Traditional) 漩渦, 渦流, (困境的)漩渦…
in Chinese (Simplified) 旋涡, 涡流, (困境的)旋涡…
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