An eddy is a whirlpool — what you stare at as a kid when the water is draining out of the bathtub.

Pronounced exactly like the name, “Eddie,” this word means to swirl in a direction opposite of the current. Any substance like water, fog, smoke, or air can create an eddy, but it is most commonly seen as a term related to water. Books from the "flapper" era of the 1920s often include a description of a nightclub with "an eddy of cigarette smoke above a woman’s head."

Definitions of eddy
  1. noun
    a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
    synonyms: twist
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    type of:
    current, stream
    a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)
  2. verb
    flow in a circular current, of liquids
    synonyms: purl, swirl, whirl, whirlpool
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    type of:
    course, feed, flow, run
    move along, of liquids
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