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This entry is located in the following unit: vers-, vert-, -verse, -version, -version, -versation, -versal, -versary, -vert, vort-, vors- (page 17)
vertex (VUR teks") (noun)
A point where two lines meet to form an angle; especially, the point on a triangle that is opposite to the base: "Her algebra teacher told her that the vertex of her triangle wasn't correctly calculated."
vortex (VOR teks") (noun)
A mass of spinning air, liquid, etc., that pulls things into its center; sometimes used figuratively: "The exciting tale 'A Descent into the Maelstrom', by Edgar Allan Poe, tells of a ship being pulled down into the vortex of the Maelstrom."
The teacher was caught in the vortex of controversy about the textbook for her geometry classes. There seemed to be a question about the veracity of the formula for calculating the vertex of a triangle.
This entry is located in the following unit: Confusing Words Clarified: Group V; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. + (page 1)