from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A current flowing across another current.
  • n. A conflicting tendency, inclination, or movement: a crosscurrent of dissent; sociopolitical crosscurrents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A turbulent stretch of water caused by multiple currents.
  • n. A situation in which there are conflicting opinions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a stretch of turbulent water in the sea.
  • n. a tendency or sentiment within a group which conflicts with that of the majority; -- often used in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current
  • n. actions counter to the main group activity


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  • At that precise instant, the train took a bend and brought them right into a crosscurrent of wind.

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