noun (plural eddies)
- 1A circular movement of water causing a small whirlpool: the current was forming foam-lipped eddies along the bank eddies of controversy swirled around his theoriesMore example sentences
- A strong flow in the middle of the channel breaks into whirlpools and back eddies along both sides.
- Along the bank I discovered quiet little eddies, water trickling between the stones with overhanging Myrtles, the sun sparkling on a pool when it could squeeze through the branches and leaves.
- We made a hasty exit back up to the beach and, before long, the water was once again a maelstrom of ever-widening rips, eddies and whirlpools.
- 1.1A circular movement of wind, fog, or smoke: an eddy of chill air swirled into the carriageMore example sentences
- Tiny eddies of smoke escaped from the edges of the bark, then succumb to the heat of the flames.
- Eventually we could smell it in the air and hear it trickling beneath the eddies of wind.
- A street cleaner already cleans the main thoroughfares but wind eddies can blow drifts of crisp packets and chocolate wrappers into alleys and hedges, he said.
verb (eddies, eddying, eddied)[no object, with adverbial of direction] Back to top
- (Of water, air, or smoke) move in a circular way: the mists from the river eddied round the banksMore example sentences
- Billowing clouds of steam and smoke drifted and eddied, obscuring then revealing the tormented reddish rock of the opposite wall.
- He lit the tobacco in the pipe and blew a soft grey circle of smoke, which eddied and floated away on the currents of the wind like a bird taken to flight.
- Snow fell, one tiny flake in every cubic metre of air, the beck ran clear but a foot or two across, dancing round the boulders, eddying at roots and skidding over smooth slabs of sandstone.
late Middle English: probably from the Germanic base of the Old English prefix ed- 'again, back'.