riptide

[ rip-tahyd ]
/ ˈrɪpˌtaɪd /

noun

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

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Origin of riptide

First recorded in 1860–65; rip2 + tide1

synonym study for riptide

See undertow.
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British Dictionary definitions for riptide

riptide
/ (ˈrɪpˌtaɪd) /

noun

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