eddy

[ed-ee]

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.

Nearby words

  1. eddery,
  2. eddington,
  3. eddington limit,
  4. eddington, sir arthur stanley,
  5. eddo,
  6. eddy current,
  7. eddy, mary baker,
  8. eddystone,
  9. eddystone rocks,
  10. ede

Origin of eddy

1425–75; late Middle English; Old English ed- turning + ēa water; akin to Old Norse itha

Related formsun·ed·died, adjectiveun·ed·dy·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for eddied

eddy

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-

Eddy

noun

Mary Baker. 1821–1910, US religious leader; founder of the Christian Science movement (1866)
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Word Origin and History for eddied
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Science definitions for eddied

eddy

[ĕdē]

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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