Synonyms of vortex
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eddyAn eddy is a movement in water or in the air which goes round and round instead of flowing in one continuous direction.
• the swirling eddies of the fast-flowing river
• a maelstrom of surf and confused seas
whirlpoolA whirlpool is a small area in a river or the sea where the water is moving quickly round and round, so that objects floating near it are pulled into its centre.
• The upturned boat was swept towards a yawning whirlpool.
Thesaurus for vortex from the Collins English Thesaurus
a whirling mass or rotary motion in a liquid, gas, flame, etc, such as the spiralling movement of water around a whirlpool