from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- intransitive v. To move in or as if in an eddy. See Synonyms at turn.
- transitive v. To cause to move in or as if in an eddy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A current of air or water running back, or in an opposite direction to the main current. Especially a circular current.
- v. To form an eddy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- intransitive v. To move as an eddy, or as in an eddy; to move in a circle.
- transitive v. To collect as into an eddy.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English ydy, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse idha.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English eddy, from either Old English edēa (< ed- "turning" + ēa "water"), equivalent to ed- + ea; or from Old Norse iða. (Wiktionary)