from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or moving in a vortex; whirling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a vortex or vortexes; resembling a vortex in form or motion; whirling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing a vortex, as an infusorian.
  • n. Any ciliate infusorian which makes a vortex.


From (the stem of) Latin vortex +‎ -al. (Wiktionary)


  • Paik's soundless stillness is stoic even brilliant rhetoric from regret to a callback of neglect lack of glee tight in its lack of weight white etched in black stuck in eternal glitch caught in the net a tent clinging in vortical twirls blinding glitter blurring lines a nit without whirr in nature a twig in ether a white static wing


  • More sought, by this hypothesis, to account for phenomena that apparently defy the laws of mechanical physics (for example the inter-vortical trajectory of comets, the sympathetic vibration of strings and tidal motion).

    The Cambridge Platonists

  • Each law of nature has the like universality; eating, sleep or hybernation, rotation, generation, metamorphosis, vortical motion, which is seen in eggs as in planets.

    Representative Men

  • Electromagnetism and gravitation are together in one vortical motion law!

    General Relativity as a Tool

  • If the sun were a gravitating body following the same laws as the planets, then where is the foci between it and the planets that vortical LAW says MUST be present?

    General Relativity as a Tool

  • There is no scientific dispute that the solar system follows vortical law.

    General Relativity as a Tool

  • Crackpots quote theorists when simple LAW - vortical law, undisputable LAW which the solar system follows - is all that is needed.

    General Relativity as a Tool

  • So there is every reason to consider vortical law when considering general relativity and again, this view does not contradict science because the solar system is already a vortex and so already falls under the mathematical law of vortex dynamics, but it goes further in explaining the workings of spacetime.

    General Relativity as a Tool

  • The Gilpin-and-Soulé paper, chapter two of the Yellow Book, included those vortical diagrams.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Each faced the vortical routes to doom represented in the diagrams of Gilpin and Soulé.

    The Song of The Dodo

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  • Of, like or pertaining to a vortex; swirling.

    May 11, 2008