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[tahyd-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈtaɪdˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
water affected by the flow and ebb of the tide.
the water covering tideland at flood tide.
Origin of tidewater
First recorded in 1765-75; tide1 + water Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for tidewater
Historical Examples
  • A hundred to one you'll find my fine cousin at the tidewater to-night.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • Most of them lived either on or within easy distance of tidewater.

  • I inferred from this fact that they confined themselves to the tidewater.

  • To be sure, they were not all Cavaliers who settled in the tidewater Colonies.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • It is most abundant within twenty or thirty miles of tidewater.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The talk is at they made their survey for the tidewater an Western.

    Pickett's Gap Homer Greene
  • This high tension 171 was, however, principally in the tidewater region.

    Daniel Boone

    Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • Grumble who will, I will never pass those two months on tidewater.

  • Shall he break all the tender ties that bind him to his tidewater home?

    Charles Lewis Cocke William Robert Lee Smith
  • Intermediate between these types was the society of the middle tidewater.

    The Colonization of North America Herbert Eugene Bolton
British Dictionary definitions for tidewater


water that advances and recedes with the tide
water that covers land that is dry at low tide
  1. coastal land drained by tidal streams
  2. (as modifier): tidewater regions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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tidewater in Science
  1. Water that inundates land at flood tide.

  2. Water affected by the tides, especially tidal streams.

  3. Low coastal land drained by tidal streams.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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