noun ed·dy \ˈe-dē\

: a circular movement of air or water

plural eddies

Full Definition of EDDY

a :  a current of water or air running contrary to the main current; especially :  a circular current :  whirlpool
b :  something moving similarly
:  a contrary or circular current (as of thought or policy)

Examples of EDDY

  1. The boat was caught in a powerful eddy.

Origin of EDDY

Middle English (Scots) ydy, probably from Old Norse itha
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Oceanography Terms

littoral, sound

Rhymes with EDDY



: to move in a circle : to form an eddy


Full Definition of EDDY

transitive verb
:  to cause to move in an eddy
intransitive verb
:  to move in an eddy or in the manner of an eddy

Examples of EDDY

  1. The wind gusted and eddied around us.
  2. The waves swirled and eddied against the pier.

First Known Use of EDDY


Rhymes with EDDY


biographical name Ed·dy \ˈe-dē\

Definition of EDDY

Mary (Morse) 1821–1910 née Baker Am. founder of the Christian Science Church


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