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

  • n. A plural of vortex.

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  • n. Plural form of vortex.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Latin plural of vortex.

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Examples

  • “He said he wanted to sacrifice Alexa to some things he called vortices,” she continued.

    Eye of the Beholder

  • When planes with Delta shaped wings fly, the wings 'leading edges generate tornadoes of air called vortices that help create lift.

    Building A Better Wing

  • O'BRIEN (voice-over): The tornadoes, known as vortices, are stirred up by a wing slicing through the air.

    CNN Transcript Nov 16, 2001

  • Dotting Earth are innumerable whirling, polarized energy fields called vortices.

    Songs of the Arcturians

  • His rotating particles are reminiscent of the Cartesian vortices, which is not surprising as Descartes had had a strong influence on the young Huygens, whom he had known personally as a child.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • His rotating particles are reminiscent of the Cartesian vortices, which is not surprising as Descartes had had a strong influence on the young Christiaan, whom he had known personally as a child.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • If a theory of this kind is true, or even if it is conceivable, our idea of matter may have been introduced into our minds through our experience of those systems of vortices which we call bodies, but which are not substances, but motions of a substance; and yet the idea which we have thus acquired of matter, as a substance possessing inertia, may be truly applicable to that fluid of which the vortices are the motion, but of whose existence, apart from the vortical motion of some of its parts, our experience gives us no evidence whatever.

    Five of Maxwell's Papers

  • Thus recirculation occurs forward and upward around the wing, and laterally outward,upward and inward to produce twin trailing vortices which is made visible in smoke behind aerobatic plane wings at airshows.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Fake or authentic, this image looks what I can realistically imagine one of the area's famed "vortices" looking like.

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • [3] Leucippus, the atomist, imagined a kind of vortices in the heavens, which he borrowed from Anaxagoras, and possibly suggested to Descartes.

    The Complete Poems of Sir Thomas Moore Collected by Himself with Explanatory Notes

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