rip·​tide ˈrip-ˌtīd How to pronounce riptide (audio)

Examples of riptide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Felipe Ribeiro Desouza was in the water at New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, March 30 when he was caught in a riptide swept out to sea, according to Fox affiliate WSVN and NBC affiliate WESH. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 Guards at Jones Beach, who already use drones to watch for strong riptides and monitor for sharks, have begun partnering with the New York State Police to test their efficiency as lifesaving devices, said Cary Epstein, a lifeguard supervisor there. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024 City officials have long struggled to improve water safety at public beaches, with their strong riptides, legions of unskilled swimmers and perennial lifeguard staffing shortages. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024 Smash burgers are having a moment right now, having been dragged into the spotlight by the riptides of social media. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 14 Jan. 2024 The island is known for its dangerous riptides — particularly in certain areas along the east coast. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2024 The rich are splurging less, and luxury retailers from LVMH to Gucci and Balenciaga are all getting caught in the riptide. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 20 Dec. 2023 That’s the question asked, in form and content, by Harmony, a light curio of a musical that comes with a riptide of political anxiety. Vulture, 13 Nov. 2023 Rip currents, sometimes called riptides, are strong, narrow channels of water moving toward the ocean starting near the shoreline. Austindedios, oregonlive, 3 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of riptide was in 1862

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“Riptide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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