/ed"ee/ , n. , pl. eddies , v. , eddied, eddying .
1. a current at variance with the main current in a stream of liquid or gas, esp. one having a rotary or whirling motion.
2. a small whirlpool.
3. any similar current, as of air, dust, or fog.
4. a current or trend, as of opinion or events, running counter to the main current.
v.t. , v.i.
5. to move or whirl in eddies.
[ 1425-75; late ME; OE ed- turning + ea water; akin to ON itha ]