rip current


Nearby words

  1. rioting,
  2. riotous,
  3. riotous living,
  4. rip,
  5. rip cord,
  6. rip entry,
  7. rip into,
  8. rip off,
  9. rip on,
  10. rip up

Origin of rip current

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for rip current

rip current

A strong, narrow surface current that flows rapidly away from the shore. Rip currents form when excess water that has accumulated along a shore due to wind and waves rushes back suddenly to deeper waters. Also called rip tide
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