eddy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English eddy, from Old English edēa (< ed- "turning" + ēa "water"), equivalent to ed- +‎ ea[1].

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Noun[edit]

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.
    • Dryden
      And smiling eddies dimpled on the main.
    • Addison
      Wheel through the air, in circling eddies play.

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Verb[edit]

eddy (third-person singular simple present eddies, present participle eddying, simple 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.
    • Wordsworth
      Eddying round and round they sink.
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, “25”, in Babbitt:
      Neither in his voiceless cabin, fragrant with planks of new-cut pine, nor along the lake, nor in the sunset clouds which presently eddied behind the lavender-misted mountains, could Babbitt find the spirit of Paul as a reassuring presence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Etymology in Webster's Dictionary

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Luxembourgish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French adieu.

Interjection[edit]

eddy

  1. (informal) bye, cheers, ciao

Related terms[edit]

  • tschö (parts of western Germany)

Welsh[edit]

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eddy

  1. Obsolete form of addawa.