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Meaning of EDDY

Pronunciation:  'edee, 'edee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
  2. [n]  founder of Christian Science in 1866 (1821-1910)
  3. [v]  flow in a circular current, of liquids

EDDY is a 4 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: Mary Baker Eddy, Mary Morse Baker Eddy, purl, swirl, twist, whirl, whirlpool
 See Also: course, current, flow, religionist, religious person, run, stream



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ed"dy\, n.; pl. {Eddies}. [Prob. fr. Icel. i?a; cf. Icel.
    pref. i?- back, AS. ed-, OS. idug-, OHG. ita-; Goth. id-.]
    1. A current of air or water running back, or in a direction
       contrary to the main current.
    2. A current of water or air moving in a circular direction;
       a whirlpool.
             And smiling eddies dimpled on the main. --Dryden.
             Wheel through the air, in circling eddies play.
    Note: Used also adjectively; as, eddy winds. --Dryden.
  2. \Ed"dy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Eddied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To move as an eddy, or as in an eddy; to move in a circle.
          Eddying round and round they sink.       --Wordsworth.
  3. \Ed"dy\, v. t.
    To collect as into an eddy. [R.]
          The circling mountains eddy in From the bare wild the
          dissipated storm.                        --Thomson.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Rotational flow around a vertical axis.
  2. Circular current of water, sometimes quite strong, diverging from the main current. (It usually forms where the flow passes some obstruction or at the inside of river bends, and often forms backwater pools or pocket water in riffles.)
  3. A circular water movement that develops between the main flow and the bank. (An eddy usually forms downstream of a structure or an abrupt change in the shape of the bank. Eddies are often the cause of bank erosion.)
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