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What’s the Plural of Vortex?

Both vortices and vortexes are correct plurals of vortex, meaning "whirlpool, eddying mass." The original plural noun form is vortices (for Latin purists).

What’s the plural of vortex?

The plural of vortex is vortexes or vortices.

Is “vortex” singular or plural?

Vortex is the singular noun form; the plural is vortices or vortexes.

What does the word vortex mean?

According to on whirlpools/vortexes:

Any whirlpool that contains a downdraft – one capable of sucking objects beneath the water’s surface – is called a vortex. (, whirpool/vortex.)

Other Latin nouns

indexindexes and indices
matrixmatrices and matrixes
appendixappendices or appendexes
codexcodices or codexes
vortexvortices or vortexes
vertexvertices or vertexes
apexapices or apexes

Examples of the word vortex used in sentences

1. A vortex detector would have civilian applications too.

2. The polar vortex is a system of wintertime winds.

3. In the movie, the vortex pulled in every spaceship that came near it.

4. He was caught in a swirling vortex of terror.

5. They are stuck in that whirling vortex of unhappiness, loneliness and boredom; maybe their partner is working long hours.

Examples of vortexes/vortices used in application

1. The nonlinear solution of the partial differential equations in the form of dipolar vortices is found.

2. The vortices soon transformed into very turbulent motion within the horizontal layers, which grew continuously in a cellular pattern.

3. When the transverse vortices convected downstream, an ejection sequence occurred near the wall.

4. At this timescale, however, near-surface vortices are affected by external currents, bottom topography, wind, etc., and the whole approach has to be revised.

5. Around these filaments, or vortices, the superconducting properties are partially destroyed.

Origin of the word vortex

From etymology online on vortex (n.):

1650s, “whirlpool, eddying mass,” from Latin vortex, variant of vertex “an eddy of water, wind, or flame; whirlpool; whirlwind,” from stem of vertere “to turn”.

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  1. Definition of vortex.
  2. Sentences using vortex.
  3. Origin of vortex.

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