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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.
They still add up to a bouncing blur of frenetic energy, but now there always seems a point underscored, or a dark undertow, in each moment of extravaganza.
Some songs are darker and more introspective like In Undertow and Dreams Tonite, while Lollipop (Ode to Jim), is the up-beat indie pop sound we all know and love.
Eun's fiction contrasts familial or societal obligations with an undertow of erratic impulse or emotion.
Underlying every boom-and-bust cycle of financial instability in modern history is a dangerous undertow of greed, says Magnuson, that is now global and electronic and washing up misfortune around the world at the speed of light.
Many are caught in the riptide or undertow, which is common off Burj Beach, among other spots.
Undertow stayed on well to score at 9-2 after touching no bigger than 13.
Undertow tells of Lyric Walker, who has witnessed the arrival of the Alpha, or First Men, into her world.
An amusing, extravagantly implausible farce that nonetheless makes a pointed argument about the perceived marginalization of childless women in modern society, helmer Jacob Tierney's film shoots for the distaff appeal of "Bridesmaids," albeit with a bleaker undertow and dimmer production values.
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.