eddy [ ed-ee ] SHOW IPA / ˈɛd i / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural ed·dies. 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), ed·died, ed·dy·ing. to move or whirl in eddies.
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Origin of eddy
1425–75; late Middle English; Old English
ed- turning + ēa water; akin to Old Norse itha OTHER WORDS FROM eddy un·ed·died, adjective un·ed·dy·ing, adjective Other definitions for eddy (2 of 2) Eddy [ ed-ee ] SHOW IPA / ˈɛd i / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun Mary (Morse) Baker , 1821–1910, Mrs. Glover; Mrs. Patterson U.S. founder of the Christian Science Church. Also Eddie. a male given name, form of Edgar or Edward.
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How to use eddy in a sentence
This passed, and there was a deathly pause of ten minutes while the whole sky eddied as with smoke-wreaths.
Now came a whiff of biting smoke down the well shaft, borne by some breath of wind that eddied into it.
The dense smoke eddied and circled round the court, and the Danes were gone, leaving us in a ring of fire on three sides.
A resinous odour of pine-wood impregnated the air, and the ruddy smoke eddied through a fissure in the rock.
British Dictionary definitions for eddy (1 of 2) noun plural -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 or -died to move or cause to move against the main current Word Origin for eddy
C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse
itha; related to Old English ed- again, back, Old High German it- British Dictionary definitions for eddy (2 of 2) noun Mary Baker. 1821–1910, US religious leader; founder of the Christian Science movement (1866)
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Scientific definitions for eddy 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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