Definitions for undertowˈʌn dərˌtoʊ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the seaward, subsurface flow of water from waves breaking on a beach.
any strong subsurface current, moving in a direction different from that of the surface current.
Origin of undertow:
an inclination contrary to the strongest or prevailing feeling
"his account had a poignant undertow of regret"
undertow, sea puss, sea-puss, sea purse, sea-purse, sea-poose(noun)
the seaward undercurrent created after waves have broken on the shore
a strong flow of water returning seaward from the shore.
a feeling that runs contrary to one's normal one.
To pull or tow under; drag beneath; pull down.
To pull down by, or as by, an undertow.
To flow or behave as an undertow.
the current that sets seaward near the bottom when waves are breaking upon the shore