- 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.
- to move or whirl in eddies.
Origin of eddy
Examples from the Web for eddies
I depart as air ... I shake my locks at the runaway sun, I effuse my flesh in eddies and drift it in lacy jags.A Eulogy for Marie Colvin
March 14, 2012
The sheep were tossed about like dead leaves, whirling in bands in the eddies.The Flood
Every now and then the wind blew in from the east picking up the dust in eddies.
So he conceives of eddies in the air, concentrating the smoke from forest fires.The Book of the Damned
The rough torrent, the eddies, the violent current were nothing—at least, not much!The Long Roll
In an instant I had shot out of the eddies and was skimming down the sky.Danger! and Other Stories
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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
- to move or cause to move against the main current
- Mary Baker. 1821–1910, US religious leader; founder of the Christian Science movement (1866)
Word Origin and History for eddies
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 iþ "and, but, however." Related: Eddies.
- 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.