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[ tahyd-l ]


  1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or subject to tides: tide:

    a tidal current.

  2. dependent on the state of the tide as to time of departure:

    a tidal steamer.


/ ˈtaɪdəl /


  1. relating to, characterized by, or affected by tides

    a tidal estuary

  2. dependent on the state of the tide

    a tidal ferry

  3. (of a glacier) reaching the sea and discharging floes or icebergs

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Derived Forms

  • ˈtidally, adverb

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Other Words From

  • tidal·ly adverb
  • non·tidal adjective
  • un·tidal adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tidal1

First recorded in 1800–10; tide 1 + -al 1

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Example Sentences

Some of Activision Blizzard’s most prominent brand partners have already started placing pressure on the company — a trickle of uneasy sponsors with the potential to become a tidal wave.

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Located at Point Reyes National Seashore, this rare 40-foot tidal cascade empties directly into the Pacific Ocean.

Instead, college students of all stripes are part of a tidal wave of public opinion that is largely anti-NCAA and pro-athlete rights — and contributing to a flood of new policies reshaping college athletics.

It would not cover Surfside, nor would it protect from tidal flooding elsewhere in the city.

A kind of tidal change began early last month, seemingly set in motion by two events.

The planet is deep in the gravitational well of a black hole, and the black hole would surely have very high tidal forces.

Can there actually be massive tidal waves like the one we saw on the first planet they visited?

In "Pamela 1" Louie wades deeper into the gender pool, doubtlessly inviting a tidal wave of backlash.

Tempest, hurricane, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, or Big Bang?

But the public indignation that was slow to rise at first is now coming on like a tidal wave.

A tidal wave rolls landward, and twenty thousand human beings are drowned, or crushed to death.

The tidal rivers mentioned previously are actually estuaries of Chesapeake Bay and they flow periodically inland.

Thus the people who live around them may enjoy the waters the same as others enjoy tidal waters.

Each time the tidal wave sweeps in toward the shore it urges the finer particles of sediment along with it.

The effect of tidal movement in nurturing marine life is very great.


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