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[koun-ter-kur-uh nt]
  1. a current running in an opposite direction to another current.
  2. a movement, opinion, mood, etc., contrary to the prevailing one.
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Origin of countercurrent

First recorded in 1675–85; counter- + current
Related formscoun·ter·cur·rent·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for countercurrent

Historical Examples of countercurrent

  • At sunset the countercurrent forced them to drop anchor before the Mosselbaaij.

    The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765

    J. E. Heeres

countercurrent in Science


  1. A current that flows in an opposite direction to the flow of another current.
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