crosscurrent

noun cross·cur·rent \ ˈkrȯs-ˌkər-ənt , -ˌkə-rənt \
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of crosscurrent for English Language Learners

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



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