crosscurrent

[ kraws-kur-uh nt, -kuhr-, kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔsˌkɜr ənt, -ˌkʌr-, ˈkrɒs- /

noun

a current, as in a stream, moving across the main current.
Often crosscurrents. a conflicting tendency or movement.

Origin of crosscurrent

First recorded in 1590–1600; cross- + current

Related forms

cross·cur·rent·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for crosscurrent

crosscurrent

/ (ˈkrɒsˌkʌrənt) /

noun

a current in a river or sea flowing across another current
a conflicting tendency moving counter to the usual trend

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