countercurrent

1 of 2

noun

coun·​ter·​cur·​rent ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌkər-ənt How to pronounce countercurrent (audio)
-ˌkə-rənt
: a current flowing in a direction opposite that of another current

countercurrent

2 of 2

adjective

coun·​ter·​cur·​rent ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce countercurrent (audio)
-ˈkə-rənt
1
: flowing in an opposite direction
2
: involving flow of materials in opposite directions
countercurrent dialysis
countercurrently adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
For instance, countercurrent circulation evolved independently in totally unrelated organisms as a simple and efficient way to exchange heat, oxygen, and ions. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 14 Nov. 2022 The ship itself is all minimalist chic, with a countercurrent pool and cuisine courtesy of Ducasse Conseil. Sue Bryant, Town & Country, 17 June 2022 Even as a significant slice of literary fiction turns ever more slender and novella-like, too weary in its ennui to sketch out more than thoughts and emotions, a countercurrent exists in massive novels that purport to capture many things. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, 28 Jan. 2022 Due to the differing elevations and salinity of the two bodies of water, the strait has two currents, a surface layer running north to south and a countercurrent beneath it. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2022 And while some countries have recently retreated from the world stage amid nationalist fervor, the ease of air travel has created a strong countercurrent of travelers looking to learn from other cultures. Umair Irfan, Vox, 1 Aug. 2019 Yet civilizing and mitigating countercurrents are at work beneath the surface. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2018 The divisive nominating contests have produced countercurrents of deep resentment in both parties. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 22 June 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1684, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of countercurrent was in 1684

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Cite this Entry

“Countercurrent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/countercurrent. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

countercurrent

noun

coun·​ter·​cur·​rent
ˈkaünt-ər-ˌkər-ənt,
-ˌkə-rənt
: a current flowing in a direction opposite to that of another current

Medical Definition

countercurrent 1 of 2

noun

coun·​ter·​cur·​rent ˈkau̇nt-ər-ˌkər-ənt, -ˌkə-rənt How to pronounce countercurrent (audio)
: a current flowing in a direction opposite that of another current

countercurrent

2 of 2

adjective

1
: flowing in an opposite direction
2
: involving flow of materials in opposite directions
countercurrent dialysis
the countercurrent system of the kidney

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