What does the word vortex mean?

Usage examples for vortex

  1. You hope to plunge into the vortex of a great city, where you can elude observation and obliterate all traces. – At the Mercy of Tiberius by August Evans Wilson
  2. The instinct of self- preservation, harassed and menaced on every side, becomes more assertive, and the guard is soon drawn into the vortex of the " system." – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  3. We were in a vortex of shot, shell and smoke, and could not tell accurately, but we saw one of their boats on fire and sinking soon after the action began. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White