eddy

noun
ed·​dy | \ ˈe-dē How to pronounce eddy (audio) \
plural eddies

Definition of eddy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a current of water or air running contrary to the main current especially : a circular current : whirlpool
b : something moving similarly
2 : a contrary or circular current (as of thought or policy)

eddy

verb
eddied; eddying

Definition of eddy (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to cause to move in an eddy

intransitive verb

: to move in an eddy or in the manner of an eddy

Eddy

biographical name
Ed·​dy | \ ˈe-dē How to pronounce Eddy (audio) \

Definition of Eddy (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Examples of eddy in a Sentence

Noun The boat was caught in a powerful eddy. Verb The wind gusted and eddied around us. The waves swirled and eddied against the pier.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sometimes the Loop Current forms a northward kink in the Gulf of Mexico, creating an eddy or pool of extra warm, deep water. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 31 Aug. 2021 The storm’s path happened to track over this warm water, what scientists call an eddy, said Chris Slocum, a NOAA researcher. New York Times, 29 Aug. 2021 Ida is about to hit an eddy of what's called the Loop Current. Seth Borenstein, ajc, 29 Aug. 2021 Ida is about to hit an eddy of what's called the Loop Current. CBS News, 28 Aug. 2021 Meteorologists have said that an eddy in the Gulf of Mexico played a role in the rapid intensification of Ida. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 31 Aug. 2021 This eddy had heat down to 150 to 160 meters, about 480 feet, below the surface. Nick Shay, The Conversation, 31 Aug. 2021 The storm passed over an eddy of water that measured 86° Fahrenheit (30°C) more than 100 feet below the sea surface in some areas, according to Argo sensors run by an international consortium of scientific agencies. chicagotribune.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Forecasters say a coastal eddy might develop on Wednesday, which could slow the coastal upwelling, allowing sea surface temperatures to rise. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As a result, other stray digital ephemera are sucked into this eddying body—fashion photos of NBA baller Chris Paul, a random clip of someone’s dad—all of them in conversation with one another. Jason Parham, Wired, 14 Feb. 2020 In the same way that eddies in a stream alter downstream currents, Elgindi’s work itself prompted a new round of mathematical discovery. Quanta Magazine, 13 Jan. 2020 The toilets at home were white and eddied the business away. Vanessa Martir, Longreads, 27 Nov. 2019 Even as rhymes ricochet about, the whole seems to eddy from the walls into the room’s center. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Oct. 2019 The dancers’ bodies seem always a-curve, torsos and arms frequently describing circles in the air, or whole bodies eddying down and pooling out into soft rolls on the floor. Janine Parker, BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2019 The generous space between them is insurance that a fire in one is less likely to spread to another, and the arrangement ensures there won’t be a constricted area where the wind might eddy in a blizzard and pile snow against a tent entrance. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, 10 Jan. 2019 This is all great, but no one has ever measured the way that eddies flux heat or CO2. Quanta Magazine, 11 Apr. 2013 Below, a meadow of soft gold wild grass sways in the wind like the bay’s eddying waters. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of eddy

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1810, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for eddy

Noun

Middle English (Scots) ydy, probably from Old Norse itha

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“Eddy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eddy. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for eddy

eddy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of eddy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a circular movement of air or water

eddy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of eddy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move in a circle : to form an eddy

eddy

noun
ed·​dy | \ ˈe-dē How to pronounce eddy (audio) \
plural eddies

Kids Definition of eddy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a current of air or water running against the main current or in a circle

eddy

verb
eddied; eddying

Kids Definition of eddy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move in a circle : to form an eddy

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