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un·der·tow

 (ŭn′dər-tō′)
n.
1. An underwater current flowing strongly away from shore, usually caused by the seaward return of water from waves that have broken against the shore.
2. 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).

undertow

(ˈʌndəˌtəʊ)
n
1. (Physical Geography) the seaward undercurrent following the breaking of a wave on the beach
2. (Physical Geography) any strong undercurrent flowing in a different direction from the surface current

un•der•tow

(ˈʌn dərˌtoʊ)

n.
1. the seaward, subsurface flow of water from waves breaking on a beach.
2. any strong subsurface current, moving in a direction different from that of the surface current.
[1810–20]

un·der·tow

(ŭn′dər-tō′)
An underwater current flowing strongly away from shore. Undertows are generally caused by the seaward return of water from waves that have broken against the shore.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.undertow - an inclination contrary to the strongest or prevailing feelingundertow - an inclination contrary to the strongest or prevailing feeling; "his account had a poignant undertow of regret"
inclination - that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking; "her inclination is for classical music"
2.undertow - the seaward undercurrent created after waves have broken on the shoreundertow - the seaward undercurrent created after waves have broken on the shore
undertide, undercurrent - a current below the surface of a fluid
Translations

undertow

[ˈʌndətəʊ] Nresaca f

undertow

[ˈʌndəˌtəʊ] n (of wave) → corrente f di risacca; (undercurrent) → risucchio
References in classic literature ?
Outwardly, to the knowledge of the Claytons, all went on as before upon the little vessel; but that there was an undertow leading them toward some unknown danger both felt, though they did not speak of it to each other.
The surf was not heavy, and there was no undertow, so we made shore easily, effecting an equally easy landing.
Undertow tells of Lyric Walker, who has witnessed the arrival of the Alpha, or First Men, into her world.
The tracks are "People in the Light Dub (by Dubfader)" (4:45), "Give Up the Ghost Dub (Jay Spaker)" (4:20), "Worldwide Dub (Dubfader)" (4:19), "Sound and Fury Dub (Dubmatix)" (5:16), "Seneca Dub (Dubfader)" (4:40), "Fracture Dub (Dubmatix)" (5:01), "Pulsing Dub (Yesking)" (5:03), "My Guiding Dub (Lord Echo)" (4:33), "Land of Plenty Dub (Ticklah)" (4:37), "Gallows Pole Dub (Dennis Bovell)" (4:17), "Sweet Undertow Dub (Michael G)" (5:44), and "Paint the Sky Dub (Nate Silas Richardson)" (5:24).
Take, for example, the classic-sounding "A Few Hours,'' with its undertow vocals, toe-tapping guitar and sharp, lacerating horns: The effect is a riveting blast of blues, brisk and attention-getting.
We can renew the international system that has enabled so much progress, or allow ourselves to be pulled back by an undertow of instability," he says.
This is the undertow, the current that pulls water back into the ocean after a wave breaks on the beach.
Much of their drive comes from the pumping tuba undertow of Oren Marshall, an innovative player who's not averse to connecting his voluminous tubes to a rack of electronic effects gear.
Here she shares the story behind Call of The Undertow.
Our country cannot achieve prosperity without addressing the powerful undertow created by flat wages and tenuous financial security for so many millions of Americans.
WASHINGTON (CyHAN)- Creating history again by defying the undertow of high unemployment and a slow economic recovery, United States President Barack Obama swept re-elections on Wednesday.
Defying the undertow of a slow economic recovery and high unemployment, Obama created history again by defeating his Republican foe Mitt Romney.