vortex etymology

English word vortex comes from Proto-Indo-European *were-, and later Proto-Indo-European *wértti (To be turning around.)

Detailed word origin of vortex

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*were- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*werd- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wértti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To be turning around.
*wertō Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
verto Latin (lat) I exchange. I retreat. I reverse (transitive). I translate. I turn around. I turn, revolve.
vertex Latin (lat) Crown (of the head). Pole (North or South). Top, peak, summit. Whirlpool, eddy, vortex.
vortex English (eng) (figuratively) Anything that inevitably draws surrounding things into its current.. (figuratively) Anything that involves constant violent or chaotic activity around some centre.. (historical) 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 [...]