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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ed•dyˈɛd i(n.)(pl.)-dies

  1. (n.)a current at variance with the main current in a stream of liquid or gas, esp. one having a rotary or whirling motion.

    Category: Physics

  2. a small whirlpool.

    Category: Physics

  3. any similar current, as of air, dust, or fog.

    Category: Physics

  4. a current or trend, as of opinion or events, running counter to the main current.

  5. (v.i.)to move or whirl in eddies.

    Category: Physics

Origin of eddy:

1425–75; OE ed- turning +ēa water

Ed•dyˈɛd i(n.)

  1. Mary (Morse) Baker (Mrs. Glover; Mrs. Patterson), 1821–1910, U.S. founder of the Christian Science Church.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Eddy, Mary Baker Eddy, Mary Morse Baker Eddy(noun)

    founder of Christian Science in 1866 (1821-1910)

  2. eddy, twist(verb)

    a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself

  3. eddy, purl, whirlpool, swirl, whirl(verb)

    flow in a circular current, of liquids


  1. eddy(Noun)

    A current of air or water running back, or in an opposite direction to the main current. Especially a circular current.

  2. eddy(Verb)

    To form an eddy.

  3. Eddy(ProperNoun)

    A diminutive of Edward, Edgar, Edwin, or other male given names beginning with Ed-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eddy(noun)

    a current of air or water running back, or in a direction contrary to the main current

  2. Eddy(noun)

    a current of water or air moving in a circular direction; a whirlpool

  3. Eddy(verb)

    to move as an eddy, or as in an eddy; to move in a circle

  4. Eddy(verb)

    to collect as into an eddy


  1. Eddy

    In fluid dynamics, an eddy is the swirling of a fluid and the reverse current created when the fluid flows past an obstacle. The moving fluid creates a space devoid of downstream-flowing fluid on the downstream side of the object. Fluid behind the obstacle flows into the void creating a swirl of fluid on each edge of the obstacle, followed by a short reverse flow of fluid behind the obstacle flowing upstream, toward the back of the obstacle. This phenomenon is most visible behind large emergent rocks in swift-flowing rivers. Another possible type of turbulence is the vortex. This notion is now applied to gases, which have the same properties as liquids. Here, no void is created, but only an area of lower pressure, but again, a backflow causes the gas to rotate.

Anagrams of eddy

  1. dyed

Translations for eddy

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a current of water or air running back against the main stream or current.

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