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undertow

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noun un·der·tow \-ˌtō\

Simple Definition of undertow

  • : a current in the sea or ocean that is below the surface and that moves away from the shore

Full Definition of undertow

  1. 1 :  the current beneath the surface that sets seaward or along the beach when waves are breaking upon the shore

  2. 2 :  an underlying current, force, or tendency that is in opposition to what is apparent

Examples of undertow

  1. Don't get caught in the undertow.



1817

First Known Use of undertow

1817

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UNDERTOW Defined for Kids

undertow

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noun un·der·tow \ˈən-dər-ˌtō\

Definition of undertow

  1. :  a current beneath the surface of the water that moves away from or along the shore while the surface water above it moves toward the shore





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