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 (krôs′kûr′ənt, -kŭr′-, krŏs′-)
1. A current flowing across another current.
2. A conflicting tendency, inclination, or movement: a crosscurrent of dissent; sociopolitical crosscurrents.


1. (Physical Geography) a current in a river or sea flowing across another current
2. a conflicting tendency moving counter to the usual trend


(ˈkrɔsˌkɜr ənt, -ˌkʌr-, ˈkrɒs-)

1. a current, as in a stream, moving across the main current.
2. Often, crosscurrents. a conflicting tendency or movement.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crosscurrent - a stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current
turbulence, turbulency - unstable flow of a liquid or gas
2.crosscurrent - actions counter to the main group activity; "political crosscurrents disrupted the conference"
strife - bitter conflict; heated often violent dissension
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LOUIS, Rajab 6, 1437, Apr 13, 2016, SPA -- Peabody Energy, the nation's largest coal miner, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday as a crosscurrent of environmental, technological and economic changes wreak havoc across the industry.
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He praised the anti-globalisation movement for being "a real breath of fresh air in this post-ideological age" and "awelcome crosscurrent at a time when political life has become rather dull, sterile and technocratic.
It features a medley of topics and issues ranging from that "peculiar institution" - slavery, through performing arts, missionary activities, medicine, technological relations to military experience, individual eye witness perspectives and educational and research concerns across the three crosscurrent media of Africa, Germany and the United States.
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The federation also added that recent government data released shows a crosscurrent of indicators that could have an impact on holiday sales, including unimpressive job and income growth and an unemployment rate stuck at 8 percent.
The publisher has provided a separate chart slipped into the inside back cover to crosscurrent the eleven and nine -- a kind of intricate "place-logic" of early modern utopias that would have sent a Peter Ramus or Fr.
Today (noon) Lillias Kinsman Blake, flute and fiddle player and member of the group CrossCurrent; (1pm) Laura Thirkell, clog dancer; (2pm) Rachael McShane, main singer, and cellist, with CrossCurrent and a member of Bellowhead, named best live act in the BBC Folk Awards.