from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An underwater current flowing strongly away from the shore, usually caused by the seaward return of water from waves that have broken against the shore.
- n. A tendency, especially in thought or feeling, contrary to what seems the strongest: "As she talks nostalgically of her days of glory . . . a poignant undertow emerges” ( Tina Brown).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pull or tow under; drag beneath; pull down.
- v. To pull down by, or as by, an undertow.
- v. To flow or behave as an undertow.
- n. A strong flow of water returning seaward from the shore.
- n. A feeling that runs contrary to one's normal one.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The current that sets seaward near the bottom when waves are breaking upon the shore.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A current of water below the surface moving in a direction different from that of the surface-current; the backward flow or back-draft of a wave breaking on a beach. Sometimes called under-water.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an inclination contrary to the strongest or prevailing feeling
- n. the seaward undercurrent created after waves have broken on the shore
From under- + tow. (Wiktionary)