• (British, America) IPA: /ˈɛd.i/

eddy (plural eddies)

  1. A current of air or water running back, or in an opposite direction to the main current.
    • 1922, A. M. Chisholm, A Thousand a Plate
      In the bow old Dobbs fought the stream cunningly, twisting the nose into eddies and backwaters, taking advantage when he could of set of current, and when he could not, paddling doggedly, not so powerfully, perhaps, as his partner, but with equal steadiness.
  2. A circular current; a whirlpool.
    • And smiling eddies dimpled on the main.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 2, scene 6]:
      Wheel through the air, in circling eddies play.
Translations Verb

eddy (eddies, present participle eddying; past and past participle eddied)

  1. (intransitive) To form an eddy; to move in, or as if in, an eddy; to move in a circle.
    • Eddying round and round they sink.

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A diminutive of Edward, Edgar, Edwin, or other male given names beginning with Ed-.
  2. Surname
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