AskDefine | Define riptide

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1 a stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current [syn: rip, tide rip, crosscurrent, countercurrent]
2 a strong surface current flowing outwards from a shore [syn: rip current]

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Alternative spellings


  • /ˈrɪp.taɪd/, /"rIp.taId/


  1. A strong flow of water away from the shore of the ocean.
    This beach suffers from a riptide that can easily sweep you out to sea.
  2. A confusing situation in which a person is overwhelmed.



a strong flow of water

Extensive Definition

Riptide, or rip current, refers to a strong flow of water near the shore.
Riptide may also refer to:
In American sports:
Riptide is also the name of Percy's sword in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series.
riptide in German: Riptide
riptide in Dutch: Riptide

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

direct tide, ebb, ebb and flow, ebb tide, flood, flood tide, flow, flux, flux and reflux, full tide, high tide, high water, low tide, low water, lunar tide, neap, neap tide, opposite tide, refluence, reflux, rip, solar tide, spring tide, thalassometer, tidal amplitude, tidal current, tidal current chart, tidal flow, tidal range, tide, tide chart, tide gate, tide gauge, tide race, tide rip, tidewater, tideway
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