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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
  • 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
  • They circled and eddied and pushed, always staring angrily at the riders.

    An Outback Marriage Andrew Barton Paterson
  • They swirled, eddied and formed a barricade between us and the armored men.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • They eddied and surged around it in dizzy reds and purples and greens.

    Rebecca Mary Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • The wind still swirled and eddied into every nook and cranny.

    His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy
  • Back and forth they swirled and eddied, and howled like wild things about carrion.


    Charles Neville Buck
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.

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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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