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[kraws-kur-uh nt, -kuhr-, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌkɜr ənt, -ˌkʌr-, ˈkrɒs-/
a current, as in a stream, moving across the main current.
Often, crosscurrents. a conflicting tendency or movement.
1590-1600; cross- + current
Related forms
crosscurrented, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crosscurrent
  • 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.
  • Centrally located nozzles spray liquid droplet into the gas stream, creating a crosscurrent droplet motion.
  • Tho crosscurrent of ebb and flow noted at different cities, however, may possibly be significant of a change in the tide.
  • The liquid can be introduced either concurrent or crosscurrent to the gas flow.
  • In crosscurrent absorbers the gas flow is perpendicular to the liquid flow.
  • Either plate or packed bed scrubbers can be used, and these scrubbers can have counter-current or crosscurrent flow.
  • Scrubbers can be designed to operate so that the gas and scrubbing medium flow is countercurrent, crosscurrent, or concurrent.
  • The evaporator includes a vacuum condensation system and operates with complete crosscurrent flow.
British Dictionary definitions for crosscurrent


a current in a river or sea flowing across another current
a conflicting tendency moving counter to the usual trend
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