crosscurrent

[kraws-kur-uhnt, -kuhr-, kros-]
noun
1.
a current, as in a stream, moving across the main current.
2.
Often, crosscurrents. a conflicting tendency or movement.

Origin:
1590–1600; cross- + current

crosscurrented, adjective
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crosscurrent (ˈkrɒsˌkʌrənt)
 
n
1.  a current in a river or sea flowing across another current
2.  a conflicting tendency moving counter to the usual trend

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Example sentences
So there's a crosscurrent of bad advice circulating among applicants, which is
  probably giving rise to the effect you see.
Remediation of soils contaminated with wood preserving wastes: crosscurrent and
  countercurrent solvent washing.
Tho crosscurrent of ebb and flow noted at different cities, however, may
  possibly be significant of a change in the tide.
Either plate or packed bed scrubbers can be used, and these scrubbers can have
  counter-current or crosscurrent flow.
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