rip current


Definition of rip current

: a strong usually narrow surface current flowing outward from a shore that results from the return flow of waves and wind-driven water

Examples of rip current in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Think of a rip current as a treadmill moving offshore. Leigh Morgan, al, 28 Feb. 2022 Overcast skies and rain are expected to be in place for much of the rest of the week, with choppy seas leading to a high rip current risk along the Florida coast. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 The system will bring rough surf and a high rip current risk heading into the weekend. Janice Dean, Fox News, 16 Sep. 2021 Forecasters are already planning on issuing a high rip current risk for Friday and possibly the weekend, which means rip currents will be likely and swimming is discouraged. Leigh Morgan, al, 15 June 2021 If a scissor or near-scissor topic is what gets the rip current going, the take trap pulls the swimmer in. Bonnie Kristian, The Week, 19 Aug. 2021 Social media plants and elicits opinions in us like a rip current, those dangerous flows of ocean water that can rapidly pull a swimmer out past the breakers, well beyond their depth. Bonnie Kristian, The Week, 19 Aug. 2021 The National Weather Service in Mobile was keeping an eye on the system and is forecasting the rip current risk along the Alabama coast to increase to moderate on Wednesday and Thursday. Leigh Morgan, al, 7 Sep. 2021 He was caught by a rip current and drowned before anyone could reach him. Rita Beamish, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rip current

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Rip current.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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