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eddy

[ed-ee]
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noun, plural ed·dies.
  1. a current at variance with the main current in a stream of liquid or gas, especially one having a rotary or whirling motion.
  2. a small whirlpool.
  3. any similar current, as of air, dust, or fog.
  4. a current or trend, as of opinion or events, running counter to the main current.
verb (used with or without object), ed·died, ed·dy·ing.
  1. to move or whirl in eddies.

Origin of eddy

1425–75; late Middle English; Old English ed- turning + ēa water; akin to Old Norse itha
Related formsun·ed·died, adjectiveun·ed·dy·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for eddied

Historical Examples

  • Then a swirl of other Mercutians anxious to get at the Earthman eddied him out of view.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • It eddied through the sulky between the dashboard and the curtained sides.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • A whirlpool caught the wreck, and there it eddied in dizzying circles.

    The Young Mountaineers

    Charles Egbert Craddock

  • It was as if the voices of generations of men yet echoed and eddied in the silent air.

    Curious, if True

    Elizabeth Gaskell

  • They rose and eddied through his mind like the phantasmagoria of a dream.

    Fashion and Famine

    Ann S. Stephens


British Dictionary definitions for eddied

eddy

noun plural -dies
  1. a movement in a stream of air, water, or other fluid in which the current doubles back on itself causing a miniature whirlwind or whirlpool
  2. a deviation from or disturbance in the main trend of thought, life, etc, esp one that is relatively unimportant
verb -dies, -dying or -died
  1. to move or cause to move against the main current

Word Origin

C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse itha; related to Old English ed- again, back, Old High German it-

Eddy

noun
  1. Mary Baker. 1821–1910, US religious leader; founder of the Christian Science movement (1866)
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Word Origin and History for eddied

eddy

v.

1810, from eddy (n.). Related: Eddied; eddying.

eddy

n.

mid-15c., Scottish ydy, possibly from Old Norse iða "whirlpool," from Proto-Germanic *ith- "a second time, again," which is related to the common Old English prefix ed- "again, backwards; repetition, turning" (forming such words as edðingung "reconciliation," edgift "restitution," edniwian "to renew, restore," edhwierfan "to retrace one's steps," edgeong "to become young again"). Cf. Old English edwielle "eddy, vortex, whirlpool." The prefix is cognate with Latin et, Old High German et-, Gothic "and, but, however." Related: Eddies.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

eddied in Science

eddy

[ĕdē]
  1. A current, as of water or air, moving in a direction that is different from that of the main current. Eddies generally involve circular motion; unstable patterns of eddies are often called turbulence. See also vortex.
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