American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A current, as of water or air, moving contrary to the direction of the main current, especially in a circular motion.
- n. A drift or tendency that is counter to or separate from a main current, as of opinion, tradition, or history.
- v. To move in or as if in an eddy. See Synonyms at turn.
- v. To cause to move in or as if in an eddy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A part of a fluid, as a stream of water, which has a rotatory motion; any small whirl or vortex in a fluid. Eddies are due to the viscosity of fluids, and to the very small degree to which they slip over the surfaces of solids. A portion of fluid to which a rotatory motion has once been communicated loses this motion only by the gradual effect of viscosity, so that eddies subsist for some time. They are always found between counter-currents.
- n. Synonyms See stream.
- To move circularly or in a winding manner, as the water of an eddy, or so as to resemble the movement of an eddy.
- To cause to move in an eddy; collect as into an eddy; cause to whirl.
- n. A current of air or water running back, or in an opposite direction to the main current. Especially a circular current.
- v. intransitive To form an eddy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A current of air or water running back, or in a direction contrary to the main current.
- n. A current of water or air moving in a circular direction; a whirlpool.
- v. To move as an eddy, or as in an eddy; to move in a circle.
- v. rare To collect as into an eddy.
- n. founder of Christian Science in 1866 (1821-1910)
- v. flow in a circular current, of liquids
- n. a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
- From Middle English eddy, from either Old English edēa (< ed- "turning" + ēa "water"), equivalent to ed- + ea; or from Old Norse iða. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ydy, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse idha. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Because of the apparently irregular course taken by the current, these currents are called eddy currents.”
“The eddy was the only thing that saved him, for he could see the dread thing twirling round and round as it tried to reach him.”
“Willy felt like a dry leaf in an eddy, which is whirled round and round, yet is all the while making faster and faster for the hungry dimple in the middle, where there is no getting out again.”
“The reason why it floated _up_ was, that there was at this place what they call an eddy, which is a current near the shore, flowing up the stream.”
“Through the furious eddy, which is in that place, the ship stood still as”
“An eddy occurs when an underwater object causes river current to reverse itself in a circular motion.”
“Against this backdrop, engineers came up with a new way to inspect the valves for cracks, adopting so-called eddy current analysis to look telltale defects indicative of cracks.”
“When water is forced under by a loaded tier of barges and comes out the back side it creates an up-draft of water called an "eddy", I figured if I could get behind the loaded tier the eddy would help keep me afloat and hopefully there would be a barge low enough in the water for me to climb onto.”
“Not far from Sydney, the "eddy" is about 150 kilometers across.”
“Using some kind of eddy viscosity is just not unphysical or can you tell us what is missing in the equations?”
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