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
Whirling round rapidly in
eddying flocculi, they quickly tailed away to the north, evaporating and disappearing.
There are strata, there are
eddying air-currents which rend the curtain or shred the massing vapors. 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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