rip-tide









rip-tide


noun

  1. a tide that opposes another or other tides, causing a violent disturbance in the sea.

noun

  1. Also called: rip, tide-rip a stretch of turbulent water in the sea, caused by the meeting of currents or abrupt changes in depth
  2. Also called: rip current a strong current, esp one flowing outwards from the shore, causing disturbance on the surface
n.

also riptide, 1862, from rip (n.1) + tide (n.). It is a current not a tide, and the attempt to correct it to rip current dates from 1936.

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