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Definition the shape of something rotating rapidly — such as a tornado
or: a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
  • They form a vortex from which no ship has ever been able to escape.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In the stairwell, the floors and stairs below were a white-water river, a vortex of cascading waves.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I hired a boat directly, and we put off to her; and getting through the little vortex of confusion of which she was the centre, went on board.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Surely, thought Jan, it must be a vortex of some kind-a smoke-ring already many kilometres across.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • His voice sounded like a backward recording—as if the words were being sucked into the vortex of his face rather than projected.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • If it was the last word I had to speak, against that vortex with my utmost powers I strove, and out of it I came.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Everything was the Blizzard, the Mindbender, Top Gun, the Vortex.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • It was never the same—a rumble, as if faint, distant thunder—a deep gurgle, as of water drawn into a vortex—a rolling, as of a stone in swift current.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • He had been caught in a vortex and was being whirled on with a velocity of advance and gyration that made him giddy and sick.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • It was the heady race and plunge of the vortex.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • Adam's irises were light blue with dark radial lines leading into the vortices of his pupils.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Headless trunks were tossed out of the vortex to linger a moment on the surface and sink out of sight.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • When she looked up and outward, a vortex of light drove through and over the brown waves like a star in the water.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • BB screamed against datumplane static that rasped at my bones and we were whirling, tumbling, sucked into the vacuum like insects in an oceanic vortex.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • She felt like a vortex had opened up inside her head and was sucking away her thoughts and words.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Now his imagination spun about the hand as about the edge of a vortex; but still he made no effort to draw nearer.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • There is storm-music, and the fisherman drowns, sucked to the bottom of the sea in the vortex of the whirlpool.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • She clings to me as tightly as if I were keeping her from being sucked into a vortex.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • An aching lust to join them tormented both body and soul, and whoever lacked the strength to flee to solitude was drawn into the vortex, beyond all help.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He relaxed, permitted himself to be drawn down into a vortex of associations and began sorting.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man

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