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LC control 85040941
Topical headingEddies
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See alsoFluid dynamics
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Water currents
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Found inGlossary of hydrology, 1998: eddy (a circular movement of water that is generally in a different direction from that of the main current; it is a temporary current, usually formed at a point at which a current passes some obstruction, or between two adjacent currents flowing in opposite directions (cf: whirlpool, maelstrom); whirlpool (a body of water moving rapidly in a circular path of relatively limited radius (cf: eddy; maelstrom))
Eapen, P.K. Elsevier's dict. of fisheries, 1999: eddy (1. wind or water moving in a curved or circular direction; 2. current or water running in a direction contrary to that of a tidal stream; whirlpool (current that has a rotary motion over a comparatively small area))