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[tahyd-waw-ter, -wot-er]
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  1. water affected by the flow and ebb of the tide.
  2. the water covering tideland at flood tide.
  3. seacoast.
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Origin of tidewater

First recorded in 1765–75; tide1 + water
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Related Words for tidewater

inlet, waterway, fjord, creek, arm, tidewater, firth

Examples from the Web for tidewater

Historical Examples of tidewater

  • A hundred to one you'll find my fine cousin at the Tidewater to-night.

    Sonnie-Boy's People

    James B. Connolly

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

  • Most of them lived either on or within easy distance of 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

British Dictionary definitions for tidewater


  1. water that advances and recedes with the tide
  2. water that covers land that is dry at low tide
  3. US
    1. coastal land drained by tidal streams
    2. (as modifier)tidewater regions
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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.
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