undertow

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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.
Winds and undertows can cause serious problems even for professional swimmers.
that might've wrangled us by our ankles into undertows.
The tidal Thames stretch of the course has strong currents and undertows.