- 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.
- to move or whirl in eddies.
Origin of eddy
Related Words for eddyingstream, swell, rise, flow, climb, grow, whirl, churn, boil, roil, twirl, twist, cut, spin, swing, pass, rotate, gyrate, swirl, pivot
Examples from the Web for eddying
Historical Examples of eddying
A moment more and we are in the midst of the eddying, rushing, foaming rapids.The Roof of France
My gaze was bewildered by the endless, eddying stream of birds.Tales of Fishes
The eddying, swirling, hissing water was dragging at her feet.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit
Burt L. Standish
It was no longer stagnant now, but seething and eddying like a whirlpool.The Romance of Golden Star ...
George Chetwynd Griffith
All without and within the man was eddying, swirling blackness.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
- 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
- to move or cause to move against the main current
Word Origin for eddy
- Mary Baker. 1821–1910, US religious leader; founder of the Christian Science movement (1866)
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.
- 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.