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undertow

Noun

1 an inclination contrary to the strongest or prevailing feeling; "his account had a poignant undertow of regret"
2 the seaward undercurrent created after waves have broken on the shore [syn: sea puss, sea-puss, sea purse, sea-purse, sea-poose]

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English

Noun

  1. a strong flow of water returning seaward from the shore.
  2. In the context of "by extension": a feeling that runs contrary to one's normal one.

Translations

a strong flow of water returning seaward from the shore
a feeling that runs contrary to one's normal one

Extensive Definition

Undertow (often and incorrectly used for a rip current) is a strong subsurface flow of water returning seaward from the shore resulting usually from wave action.
Undertow may also refer to:
  • Undertow, a 2007 short experimental film by Neil Mcenery-West
  • Undertow (newspaper column), 2004-Present, in Exit Zero Magazine, a Cape May, NJ publication that boasts over 7,000 readers in-season. Written by Terry O'Brien, Undertow is a humor/ gossip/ opinion/ sports/ entertainment column in a stream-of-consciousness style. Same Mr. O'Brien has also authored several serialized short stories in the same publication.
  • Undertow (novel), a 2001 mystery novel by Warren Adler
  • Undertow (video game), an Xbox Live Arcade game from Chair Entertainment
  • Undertow (film) a 2004 drama film by David Gordon Green
  • Undertow (1996 film) a 1996 film about a man lost in the mountains, staring Mia Sara
  • "Undertow" (The Wire episode), an episode of the television series The Wire
  • UNDERTOW (Perceptual Organization), a research project on grammar free parsing
  • Undertow (webomic) a webcomic
In music:
undertow in Italian: Undertow

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