crosscurrent

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

Definition of crosscurrent

  1. 1 :  a current running counter to the general forward direction

  2. 2 :  a conflicting tendency —usually used in plural political crosscurrents

1598

First Known Use of crosscurrent

1598


CROSSCURRENT Defined for English Language Learners

crosscurrent

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

Definition of crosscurrent for English Language Learners

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



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