Word of the Day
Monday, January 15, 2007

Definitions for eddy

  1. A current of air or water running in a direction contrary to the main current, or moving in a circular direction; a whirlpool.
  2. A tendency or current (as of opinion or history) contrary to or separate from a main current.
  3. To move in an eddy or as if in an eddy; to move in a circle.

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Citations for eddy
Many inanimate systems have lifelike qualities -- flickering flames, snowflakes, cloud patterns, swirling eddies in a river. Paul Davies, The Fifth Miracle
Egypt, like many countries, was caught up in the eddies of the Great Depression, which overtook Europe and America and which came in Egypt just as the new graduates of the expanded schooling were entering the workforce, looking for the professional opportunities their education had promised. Leila Ahmed, A Border Passage
Origin of eddy
late Middle English
Eddy is from Middle English ydy, probably of Scandinavian origin.