[ ed-ee ]
/ ˈɛd i /
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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 eddyun·ed·died, adjectiveun·ed·dy·ing, adjective
Other definitions for eddy (2 of 2)
[ ed-ee ]
/ ˈɛd i /
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How to use eddy in a sentence
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|Katrina Heron|March 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Reality TV has seen its fair share of put-upon husbands—Steady Eddies anchoring erratic celebrity spouses.The Anti Jon and Kate|Emili Vesilind|September 13, 2009|DAILY BEAST
The eddies beyond the breakwater were a light and delicate mauve and looked nervously alive.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
The wind that was sighing in the trees was whirling the dead leaves about in little eddies as they floated to earth.Marguerite|Anatole France
The mind runs ever in a thousand eddies like a river between cliffs.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
See, Wharton, there is a man crossing in the very eddies of the cataract, and in a skiff no bigger than an egg-shell.The Spy|J. Fenimore Cooper
Through the ravine runs a brook; the tiny pebbles at its bottom are all aquiver through its clear eddies.Dream Tales and Prose Poems|Ivan Turgenev
British Dictionary definitions for eddy (1 of 2)
/ (ˈɛdɪ) /
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)
/ (ˈɛdɪ) /
Mary Baker. 1821–1910, US religious leader; founder of the Christian Science movement (1866)
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Scientific definitions for eddy
[ ĕd′ē ]
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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