Synonyms for vortex

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We had reached the middle and were right in the vortex, when suddenly she reeled in her saddle.

I was partly dragged, partly I went to a certain extent of my own will, into this vortex.

Swallowed in the vortex of lower-class life of Paris—dead, probably.

In the vortex of the eddy the delusion of the vast cone was more pronounced.

We stand on the edge of the vortex, now will we plunge down.

A hay-stack disappeared into the vortex like a puff of smoke.

In the vortex of his failure, all the means of supporting his family were swallowed up.

The ordinary accounts of this vortex had by no means prepared me for what I saw.

She seemed suddenly to be caught up in the vortex of a new emotion.

She seemed drawn down into a vortex from which there was no escape.

WORD ORIGIN

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" (see versus). Plural form is vortices. Became prominent in 17c. theories of astrophysics (by Descartes, etc.). In reference to human affairs, it is attested from 1761. Vorticism as a movement in British arts and literature is attested from 1914, coined by Ezra Pound.

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