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

1. a current, as in a stream, moving across the main current.
2. Often, crosscurrents. a conflicting tendency or movement.
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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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CrossCurrent's Momentum will be launched at The Sage Gateshead on November 25.
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.
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Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution (camera): Mark Lee Ping-Bing for Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent), China
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dollar remained little changed in the lower 92-yen level Tuesday morning in Tokyo, as its movement was caught up in a crosscurrent of buying and selling.
Damien also plays with the band CrossCurrent and helps to run Focal Music, an agency he set up with fellow music graduates.
This system operates on the principle that net skewing can be caused by a crosscurrent. If the net is pulled square to the direction of flow then, its geometry will be symmetrical and trawl performance will be optimized.
"But a significant fringe within the anti-globalisation movement is flirting dangerously with the extreme right and the populist right, even if it is not aware of the fact." 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." he criticised globalisation for failing to impose an all-out ban on small arms and create a permanent international criminal court.
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.
The narrative provides few grounds for hope that the three major factions (add the Christian minority as a further crosscurrent) will ever be able to get along constructively.