eddy current



an electric current in a conducting material that results from induction by a moving or varying magnetic field.

Nearby words

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  7. eddystone,
  8. eddystone rocks,
  9. ede,
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Origin of eddy current

1590–1600, for an earlier sense

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Examples from the Web for eddy current

  • Second, the eddy-current loss which is due to the circulation of currents through the mass of metal.

British Dictionary definitions for eddy current

eddy current


an electric current induced in a massive conductor, such as the core of an electromagnet, transformer, etc, by an alternating magnetic fieldAlso called: Foucault current
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