Eddy Ed"dy ([e^]d"d[y^]), n.; pl. {Eddies} ([e^]d"d[i^]z). [Prob. fr. Icel. i[eth]a; cf. Icel. pref. i[eth]- 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. [1913 Webster]

2. A current of water or air moving in a circular direction; a whirlpool. [1913 Webster]

And smiling eddies dimpled on the main. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Wheel through the air, in circling eddies play. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Note: Used also adjectively; as, eddy winds. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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