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eddy

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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eddyed‧dy1 /ˈedi/ noun (plural eddies) [countable] 🔊 🔊 DNa circular movement of water, wind, dust etc 🔊 the racing river caused swirling eddies
Examples from the Corpus
eddy• Sabour was an eddy of life in the midst of a sea of lethargy.• We got too deep into the whitewater, skimmed a hidden back eddy, and were spun around 180 degrees.• But he attempts to capture the flow of the music in constant eddies of movement.• Some general comments about the large eddies are needed before we consider a wake specifically.• Small eddies in the flow entrain cold water, mixing it into the plume, cooling the plume quickly.• The details of the evening, the chronology of conversation came in successive eddies of reflected delight and despair.• The figure shows schematically the pattern of motion produced by several such eddies.• Also, these eddies are particularly apparent in experiments with dyed wakes.
eddyeddy2 verb (eddied, eddying, eddies) [intransitive] 🔊 🔊 MOVE/CHANGE POSITIONif water, wind, dust etc eddies, it moves around with a circular movement 🔊 Mist eddied round the house.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
eddy• The current eddied among and between the shops and the bank and the Hotel Rehoboth as black and thick as oil.• Powerful emotion eddied around us: grief, sadness, fear.• As the water rose it eddied into whirlpools that threatened to sweep her away.• The life of the airport eddied round her.• At the hall cupboard she stopped, taking a deep steadying breath to calm the currents suddenly eddying through her body.
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Verb table
eddy
Simple Form
Present
iteddies
iteddied
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Present perfect
ithas eddied
Past perfect
ithad eddied
Future
itwill eddy
Future perfect
itwill have eddied
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Continuous Form
Present
itis eddying
itwas eddying
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Present perfect
ithas been eddying
Past perfect
ithad been eddying
Future
itwill be eddying
Future perfect
itwill have been eddying
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