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Vortex vs. Whirlpool

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The main difference between Vortex and Whirlpool is that the Vortex is a term in fluid dynamics and Whirlpool is a body of swirling water

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  • Vortex (noun)

    A whirlwind, whirlpool, or similarly moving matter in the form of a spiral or column.

  • Vortex (noun)

    Anything that involves constant violent or chaotic activity around some centre.

  • Vortex (noun)

    Anything that inevitably draws surrounding things into its current.

  • Vortex (noun)

    A supposed collection of particles of very subtle matter, endowed with a rapid rotary motion around an axis which was also the axis of a sun or planet; part of a Cartesian theory accounting for the formation of the universe, and the movements of the bodies composing it.

  • Vortex (noun)

    Any of numerous species of small Turbellaria belonging to Vortex and allied genera.

  • Whirlpool (noun)

    A swirling body of water.

    "A whirlpool is an instance of a vortex produced by ocean tides, or by a hole underneath where the water would drain out, such as in a bathtub."

  • Whirlpool (noun)

    A hot tub, jacuzzi.

  • Whirlpool (noun)

    Turmoil, or agitated excitement.

  • Whirlpool (verb)

    To spin or swirl like the water in a whirlpool.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Vortex (noun)

    A mass of fluid, especially of a liquid, having a whirling or circular motion tending to form a cavity or vacuum in the center of the circle, and to draw in towards the center bodies subject to its action; the form assumed by a fluid in such motion; a whirlpool; an eddy.

  • Vortex (noun)

    A supposed collection of particles of very subtile matter, endowed with a rapid rotary motion around an axis which was also the axis of a sun or a planet. Descartes attempted to account for the formation of the universe, and the movements of the bodies composing it, by a theory of vortices.

  • Vortex (noun)

    Any one of numerous species of small Turbellaria belonging to Vortex and allied genera. See Illustration in Appendix.

  • Whirlpool (noun)

    An eddy or vortex of water; a place in a body of water where the water moves round in a circle so as to produce a depression or cavity in the center, into which floating objects may be drawn; any body of water having a more or less circular motion caused by its flowing in an irregular channel, by the coming together of opposing currents, or the like.

  • Whirlpool (noun)

    A sea monster of the whale kind.

Webster Dictionary
  • Vortex (noun)

    the shape of something rotating rapidly

  • Vortex (noun)

    a powerful circular current of water (usually the resulting of conflicting tides)

  • Whirlpool (noun)

    a powerful circular current of water (usually the resulting of conflicting tides)

  • Whirlpool (verb)

    flow in a circular current, of liquids

Princeton's WordNet

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