tidal

adjective
tid·​al | \ ˈtī-dᵊl How to pronounce tidal (audio) \

Definition of tidal

1a : of, relating to, caused by, or having tides tidal cycles tidal erosion
b : 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

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Other Words from tidal

tidally \ ˈtī-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce tidally (audio) \ adverb

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With the van running, the two explored the red rocks of Sedona, AZ; toured Yellowstone National Park; drove through Montana; and had an impromptu science class poking around tidal pools along California’s coastline. Kristin Hanes, Good Housekeeping, "Why This Single Mom Sold Everything to Give Her Son an Epic Education on the Road," 18 Apr. 2019 Because they were initially seen when Europa was farthest from Jupiter, researchers thought they might be driven by tidal stress - the friction generated by Jupiter's gravitational pull that keeps Europa's interior liquid. Sarah Kaplan, courant.com, "Scientists discover new evidence for plumes on Europa, a target in the search for life," 14 May 2018 Because they were initially seen when Europa was farthest from Jupiter, researchers thought they might be driven by tidal stress — the friction generated by Jupiter's gravitational pull that keeps Europa's interior liquid. Sarah Kaplan, ajc, "Scientists discover new evidence for jets of water on Europa, a target in the search for life," 14 May 2018 Virginia is already seeing storm surges and tidal flooding, raising concerns at commercial freight and military facilities in the low-lying Tidewater region. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Rising Port Waters; Suppliers Raise Prices; Tesla’s Slow-Moving Parts," 11 Feb. 2019 Since the far side of the moon never faces the Earth due to the home planet's tidal forces, such a satellite is needed for a successful landing. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "China Successfully Lands on Far Side of Moon," 3 Jan. 2019 Due to tidal locking, Earth always faces one side of the Moon, while the other side faces away from our planet. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big deal," 10 Dec. 2018 Manomet’s experimental Georgetown farm is a collection of about 75 280-square-foot (26-square-meter) netted areas of tidal mud — essentially clam nurseries — located at the mouth of the Kennebec River. Washington Post, "As clam harvesting declines, could farming be the answer?," 3 June 2018 Nothing in our experience had prepared us to be standing next to the humpback whale that lay on its side on a lonely stretch of Turnagain Arm tidal mud. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "A beached whale and a lingering, profound impact," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tidal

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of tidal was in 1807

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tidal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tidal

: of or relating to tides : rising and falling at regular times

tidal

adjective
tid·​al | \ ˈtī-dᵊl How to pronounce tidal (audio) \

Kids Definition of tidal

: of or relating to tides : flowing and ebbing like tides

tidal

adjective
tid·​al | \ ˈtīd-ᵊl How to pronounce tidal (audio) \

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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