crosscurrent

noun cross·cur·rent \ ˈkrȯs-ˌkər-ənt , -ˌkə-rənt \

Definition of crosscurrent

1 :a current running counter to the general forward direction
2 :a conflicting tendency usually used in plural
  • political crosscurrents

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First Known Use of crosscurrent

1598


CROSSCURRENT Defined for English Language Learners

crosscurrent

noun

Definition of crosscurrent for English Language Learners

  • : a current of water that flows against or across the main current



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