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[ed-ee] /ˈɛd i/
noun, plural eddies.
a current at variance with the main current in a stream of liquid or gas, especially one having a rotary or whirling motion.
a small whirlpool.
any similar current, as of air, dust, or fog.
a current or trend, as of opinion or events, running counter to the main current.
verb (used with or without object), eddied, eddying.
to move or whirl in eddies.
Origin of eddy
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; Old English ed- turning + ēa water; akin to Old Norse itha
Related forms
uneddied, adjective
uneddying, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for eddied
Historical Examples
  • The stepping-stones were scarcely seen above the brown waters that eddied around them.

    The Crown of Success Charlotte Maria Tucker
  • It was as if the voices of generations of men yet echoed and eddied in the silent air.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Back and forth they swirled and eddied, and howled like wild things about carrion.

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

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • Blinding dust clouds gathered and eddied down the wide avenue of this newer part of New York.

    Six Girls and the Tea Room Marion Ames Taggart
  • They circled and eddied and pushed, always staring angrily at the riders.

    An Outback Marriage Andrew Barton Paterson
  • A soft whirring sound filled the room; the newspaper on the bed, dislodged, eddied to the floor; the wings were a mere white blur.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • They swirled, eddied and formed a barricade between us and the armored men.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • Everybody, with the exception of the three boys, was smoking, and a blue fog drifted and eddied through the atmosphere.

  • The wind still swirled and eddied into every nook and cranny.

    His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for eddied


noun (pl) -dies
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
a deviation from or disturbance in the main trend of thought, life, etc, esp one that is relatively unimportant
verb -dies, -dying, -died
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-


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Word Origin and History for eddied



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



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.


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

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eddied in Science
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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