- 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 eddy
Jean François Bruel, executive chef at Daniel, and Eddy Leroux, chef de cuisine, in particular.The Frenchman Who Rules New York
September 22, 2009
Ump shouted to turn down into the eddy, and I swung El Mahdi around.
In the vortex of the eddy the delusion of the vast cone was more pronounced.
With him we broke through the circle of steers forcing into the centre of the eddy.
This is soon done and the men in the boats in the eddy pull us to their side.
I think we can pass the other boats down by us, and catch them in the eddy.
- 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 eddy
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.
1810, from eddy (n.). Related: Eddied; eddying.
- 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.