undercurrent definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a current, as of water or air, flowing below another or beneath the surface
- an underlying tendency, opinion, etc., usually one that is kept hidden and not expressed openly
undercurrent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A current, as of air or water, below another current or beneath a surface.
- An underlying tendency, force, or influence often contrary to what is superficially evident; an intimation: “The Gaucho began to talk, calmly but with an undercurrent of passion” (Thomas Pynchon).