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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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vortexvor‧tex /ˈvɔːteks $ ˈvɔːr-/ noun (plural vortices /-təsiːz/ or vortexes) [countable]  1 HEa mass of wind or water that spins quickly and pulls things into its centre2 [usually singular] writtenEFFECT/INFLUENCE a situation that has a powerful effect on people’s lives and that influences their behaviour, even if they do not want it tovortex of the vortex of emotions surrounding the case
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vortexEarlier migrants were drawn into the vortex as well.This increases the magnitude of the vorticity, but because of continuity also reduces the cross-section of the vortex tube.vortex ofHis statements helped calm the vortex of emotions surrounding the case.
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