eddy


eddy
eddy n Eddy, whirlpool, maelstrom, vortex mean a swirling mass especially of water. Eddy implies swift circular movement (as in water, wind, dust, or mist) caused by a countercurrent or, more often, by something that obstructs; it is usually thought of less as dangerous than as annoying or confusing
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it is blunt tails [of ships] rather than blunt noses that cause eddiesW. H. White

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a thick brown fog, whirled into eddies by the wind . . . abolished the landscape from before our smarting eyes— Huxley

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Whirlpool suggests a more extensive and more violent eddy in water; usually it implies a force of swirling water (as at a meeting of countercurrents) so great as to send whatever enters whirling toward a center where it is sucked down
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pass safely through the whirlpool of the Niagara River in a barrel

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but it may also be extended to other things that draw or suck one in like a swirl of raging water
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live in a whirlpool of excitement

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Europeans . . . have assumed . . . that public life will draw . . . enough of the highest ability into its whirlpoolBryce

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Maelstrom is basically the name of a very powerful whirlpool off the west coast of Norway which was supposed to suck in all vessels that passed within a wide radius; the term is extended to any great turmoil that resistlessly drags men into it
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in one wild maelstrom of affrighted men— J. S. C. Abbott

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in the maelstrom of wild controversy

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the ancient taboos were gone, lost in the maelstrom of warCoulton Waugh

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Vortex usually suggests a mass of liquid (as water) or gas (as air) rapidly circulating around a hollow center; it is visualized principally as something which draws all that become involved in the swirling into its center
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the cleansing power of the vortex of water in a washing machine

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the noise of the vortex of soapy water draining from the bathtub

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Conventions are shifting, and undergoing metamorphosis. . . . But it is hard to estimate justly the significance of their contemporary behavior, because we are caught in the vortexLowes

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it is Koestler and Silone, who went deepest into the vortex of revolutionary activity, who emerge with the profoundest insights— Time

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drawn back into the emotional vortex of a youthful love affair— Geismar

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eddy vb rotate, gyrate, circle, spin, whirl, revolve, *turn, twirl, wheel, swirl, pirouette

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  • Eddy K —  Pour l’article homophone, voir Édika. Eddy K est un groupe cubain de reggaeton. Eddy K était à l origine un duo formé par Eddy (Eduardo Mora Hernández) et K leyden, rejoints en août 1998 par le rappeur Jorgito (Jorge Francisco Hernández… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Eddy K — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Eddy K Fue un grupo de Reggaeton Y Cubaton nacidos en Cuba. Eddy K fue al principio un dúo siendo Eddy (Eduardo Mora Hernández) y K Leyden. pero en agosto de 1998, el cantante de rap música Jorgito (Jorge Francisco… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Eddy — Ed dy, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Eddied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Eddying}.] To move as an eddy, or as in an eddy; to move in a circle. [1913 Webster] Eddying round and round they sink. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eddy — Ed dy, v. t. To collect as into an eddy. [R.] [1913 Webster] The circling mountains eddy in From the bare wild the dissipated storm. Thomson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eddy — [ed′ē] n. pl. eddies [ME ydy, prob. < ON itha, an eddy, whirlpool < IE base * eti, and, furthermore > L et] 1. a current of air, water, etc. moving against the main current and with a circular motion; little whirlpool or whirlwind 2. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Eddy — Ed dy ([e^]d d[y^]), n.; pl. {Eddies} ([e^]d d[i^]z). [Prob. fr. Icel. i[eth]a; cf. Icel. pref. i[eth] back, AS. ed , OS. idug , OHG. ita ; Goth. id .] 1. A current of air or water running back, or in a direction contrary to the main current.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eddy —   [ ɛdi],    1) Don, amerikanischer Maler, * Long Beach (Calif.) 4. 11. 1944; Vertreter des Fotorealismus; malt bevorzugt reflektierende und spiegelnde Gegenstände (Karosseriedetails, ab 1971 Serie von Schaufensterbildern).    2) Mary, geborene… …   Universal-Lexikon

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