Undertow meaning

ŭndər-tō
A current of water moving beneath and in a different direction from that of the surface water.
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An underwater current flowing strongly away from shore, usually caused by the seaward return of water from waves that have broken against the shore.
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A tendency, especially in thought or feeling, contrary to what seems the strongest.
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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.
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To pull or tow under; drag beneath; pull down.
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To pull down by, or as by, an undertow.
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(intransitive) To flow or behave as an undertow.
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A short-range flow of water returning seaward from the waves breaking on the shore.

A strong undertow may sweep a returning swimmer off their feet but it does not carry them far from the shore.

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(by extension) A feeling that runs contrary to one's normal one.
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Origin of undertow

  • From under- +"Ž tow.

    From Wiktionary