Definition of crosscurrent in English:

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crosscurrent

Pronunciation: /ˈkrôsˌkərənt/

noun

1A current in a river or sea that flows across another.
Example sentences
  • The trick once down was to keep an eye on bubbles and fish behaviour for telltale signs of cross-currents and whirlpools.
  • Anchors are installed on both sides of the roadway to maintain its position in cross-currents and tide changes.
  • The pictures showed that when the water reached a certain speed, it began to break into eddies, waves and cross-currents.
2A process or tendency that is in conflict with another: strong crosscurrents of debate
More example sentences
  • Nonetheless, the economy continues to be buffeted by strong cross-currents.
  • But before we get too carried away, it is worth noting that we are expecting some strong cross-currents over the coming months.
  • Major art often flourishes on the fault lines between civilizations, fed by complex cross-currents between one form of life and another.

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Syllabification: cross·cur·rent

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