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eddy (ˈɛdɪ)
 
n , pl -dies
1.  a movement in a stream of air, water, or other fluid in which the current doubles back on itself causing a miniature whirlwind or whirlpool
2.  a deviation from or disturbance in the main trend of thought, life, etc, esp one that is relatively unimportant
 
vb , -dies, -dies, -dying, -died
3.  to move or cause to move against the main current
 
[C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse itha; related to Old English ed- again, back, Old High German it-]

Eddy (ˈɛdɪ)
 
n
Mary Baker. 1821--1910, US religious leader; founder of the Christian Science movement (1866)

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eddy
mid-15c., Scot. ydy, possibly from O.N. iða "whirlpool," and related to the frequent O.E. prefix ed- "again, backwards," cognate of L. re-. Related: Eddied; eddies; eddying.
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eddy   (ěd'ē)  Pronunciation Key 
A current, as of water or air, moving in a direction that is different from that of the main current. Eddies generally involve circular motion; unstable patterns of eddies are often called turbulence. See also vortex.
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