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eddy

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

Eddy

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

eddy

[′ed·ē]
(fluid mechanics)
A vortexlike motion of a fluid running contrary to the main current.

eddy

eddy
i. A local irregularity in wind-producing gusts and lulls. Small-scale eddies produce turbulent conditions.
ii. The more or less circular motion produced by an obstruction in the path of moving fluid, such as against a streamlined flow on an uneven or nonstreamlined surface or in an area where there is a sudden rise in pressure. In fluids, any circulation drawing its energy from a flow of a much larger scale and brought about by pressure irregularities.
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The strong trade wind, met in its course by these elevations, circled and eddied about their summits, and was sometimes driven down the steep ravine and swept across the valley, ruffling in its passage the otherwise tranquil surface of the lake.
Ripple-ripple round her waist, Clear the current eddied.
There it eddied and melted away among the motes of dust.
That they were undaunted while it swirled and eddied about their ankles, spoke well for their bravery and their discipline.
To the east the black smoke clouds rose higher into the heavens, suddenly they eddied, and then commenced to drift rapidly toward the west.