from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A current, as of air or water, below another current or beneath a surface.
- n. An underlying tendency, force, or influence often contrary to what is superficially evident; an intimation: "The Gaucho began to talk, calmly but with an undercurrent of passion” ( Thomas Pynchon).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a current which flows under the surface
- n. An emotional presence that is concealed rather than exposed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A current below the surface of water, sometimes flowing in a contrary direction to that on the surface.
- n. Hence, figuratively, a tendency of feeling, opinion, or the like, in a direction contrary to what is publicly shown; an unseen influence or tendency.
- adj. Running beneath the surface; hidden.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Running below or out of sight; hidden.
- n. A current in a body of water or other liquid, or in the atmosphere, below the upper or superficial currents.
- n. Figuratively, something at work below the surface or out of sight, as influence or feeling, which has a tendency opposite to or different from what is visible or apparent.
- n. In hydraul. mining, an arrangement on the sluices which is intended to aid in saving the gold.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning
- n. a current below the surface of a fluid
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