noun, plural ed·dies.
verb (used with or without object), ed·died, ed·dy·ing.
- eddington limit,
- eddington, sir arthur stanley,
- eddy current,
- eddy, mary baker,
- eddystone rocks,
Origin of eddy
Examples from the Web for eddies
I depart as air ... I shake my locks at the runaway sun, I effuse my flesh in eddies and drift it in lacy jags.
Leaning over the edge of the rock, he saw a shoal of tiny fishes playing hide-and-seek in the eddies of the stream.
The world and its pageants are passing fast by me, like the eddies of that stream which flows beneath my window.Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.|Charles James Lever
This was a river, marred with eddies and with drifting wood, and red with the soil.Lewis Rand|Mary Johnston
Again, "The men in the boats above see our trouble but they are caught in whirlpools, and are spinning about in eddies."Ancient Chinese account of the Grand Canyon, or course of the Colorado|Alexander M'Allan
What oceanic currents, eddies, underneath—the great tides of humanity also, with ever-shifting movements.A History of American Literature Since 1870|Fred Lewis Pattee
noun plural -dies
verb -dies, -dying or -died
Word Origin for eddy
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.