An example of an eddy in a sink.
- The definition of an eddy is a contrary movement, particularly one of air or water against a main current.
An example of an eddy is a whirlwind.
- Eddy is defined as to move in a circular motion against a main current.
An example of eddy is for a whirlpool to form.
- a current of air, water, etc. moving against the main current and with a circular motion; little whirlpool or whirlwind
- a contrary movement or trend, limited in importance or effect
Origin of eddyMiddle English ydy, probably ; from Old Norse itha, an eddy, whirlpool ; from Indo-European base an unverified form eti, and, furthermore from source Classical Latin et
- A current, as of water or air, moving contrary to the direction of the main current, especially in a circular motion.
- A drift or tendency that is counter to or separate from a main current, as of opinion, tradition, or history.
intransitive verbed·died, ed·dy·ing, ed·dies
Origin of eddyMiddle English ydy, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse idha.
(third-person singular simple present eddies, present participle eddying, simple past and past participle eddied)
- (intransitive) To form an eddy; to move in, or as if in, an eddy; to move in a circle.
From Middle English eddy, from either Old English edēa (< ed- "turning" + ēa "water"), equivalent to ed- + ea; or from Old Norse iða .