Definition of tidal
1a : of, relating to, caused by, or having tides tidal cycles tidal erosionb : periodically rising and falling or flowing and ebbing tidal waters
2 : dependent (as to the time of arrival or departure) upon the state of the tide a tidal steamer
tidallyplay \-dəl-ē\ adverb
Recent Examples of tidal from the Web
O’Grady ’s did well in his first start to get the call to face an L.A. tidal wave that has now won 29 of 33 since June 7 and appears capable of rolling right through October.
Video by Bill Schulz A tidal wave of nostalgia swept through Milwaukee leading up to Summerfest's 50th edition, which wrapped up its 11-day blitz Sunday.
But in the tidal wave of headlines and breaking news in the weeks before the election, the story got swamped.
The reason, according to Sundial Capital Research, is the tidal wave of trading that accompanied Friday and Monday’s rout.
Anbang is also a major issuer of speculative wealth management products, which have attracted a tidal wave of money from Chinese investors.
At low tide, migratory birds forage by the millions on tidal flats.
When those shots started falling, and Cleveland's weren't, a tidal wave went through.
The noise was deafening as a tidal wave of humanity, more than 12,000 strong descended on me, pushing, punching, screaming.
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First Known Use of tidal
TIDAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tidal for English Language Learners
: of or relating to tides : rising and falling at regular times
TIDAL Defined for Kids
Definition of tidal for Students
: of or relating to tides : flowing and ebbing like tides
Medical Definition of tidal
: of, relating to, or constituting tidal air interference with the normal tidal exchange of the lungs—F. R. Mautz & R. M. Hosler
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