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.

Nearby words

  1. crossbred,
  2. crossbreed,
  3. crossbuck,
  4. crosscheck,
  5. crosscourt,
  6. crosscut,
  7. crosscut file,
  8. crosscut saw,
  9. crosscutting,
  10. crosse

Origin of crosscurrent

First recorded in 1590–1600; cross- + current

Related formscross·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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