- 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 eddied
Then a swirl of other Mercutians anxious to get at the Earthman eddied him out of view.Slaves of Mercury
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
They rose and eddied through his mind like the phantasmagoria of a dream.Fashion and Famine
Ann S. Stephens
- 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 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 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.