undertow

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noun un·der·tow \-ˌtō\

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 in a sentence

  1. Don't get caught in the undertow.

1817

First Known Use of undertow

1817


UNDERTOW Defined for English Language Learners

undertow

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noun un·der·tow \-ˌtō\

Definition of undertow for English Language Learners

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


UNDERTOW Defined for Kids

undertow

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noun un·der·tow \ˈən-dər-ˌtō\

Definition of undertow for Students

  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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