- 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
- 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.
- a current which flows under the surface
- (figuratively) A tendency of feeling or opinion that is concealed rather than exposed.
- The meeting was pervaded with an undercurrent of dread, as the managers tried not to admit firings were looming.
- 2012 May 9, Jonathan Wilson, “Europa League: Radamel Falcao's Atlético Madrid rout Athletic Bilbao”, the Guardian:
- Although the crowd was predominantly red-and-white, there was also a Romanian flavour, which these days in football terms tends to mean there is at least an undercurrent of discontent.