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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There was non-life-threatening tidal flooding in downtown St. Augustine, Fla., but evacuation and curfew orders were lifted in almost every county in the affected areas. Los Angeles Times, "Death toll rises to 20 in the Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian regains strength and threatens the Carolinas," 4 Sep. 2019 In a report last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of Commerce, warned that the frequency of tidal flooding is accelerating in dozens of US cities. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "Computer Models, Epic Floods, and the Fate of Coastal Cities," 18 July 2019 The San Dieguito Lagoon Committee is seeking a volunteer member to work on issues that face the lagoon at the north end of Del Mar, where the Pacific Ocean flushes into tidal basins at the westernmost reaches of the San Dieguito River watershed. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "On the agenda, Sept. 15," 15 Sep. 2019 These tidal floods can have big impacts apart from the extreme effects of the hurricanes, tropical storms, and cloudbursts that are starting to arrive this summer. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "Computer Models, Epic Floods, and the Fate of Coastal Cities," 18 July 2019 Catwalking/Getty Images Alessandro Michele is a prime example of a new creative director causing a tidal shift. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Chanel lost its iconic designer this year. Meet the woman who replaced him.," 2 July 2019 Apollo 11 also set in motion a tidal shift toward more education and interest in what is commonly known as STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Chabeli Herrera, orlandosentinel.com, "Moon maps in the Netherlands and American flags in Japan? How Apollo 11 dazzled the world," 23 June 2019 Strong El Niño storms caused dramatic tidal shifts along the shores of California this past weekend that stripped a large amount of sand away from the shore. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Unusual Weather Reveals Wreck of Prohibition-Era Booze Cruise," 2 Feb. 2016 In 2017, Hurricane Irma stirred up a massive 10-foot tidal surge that submerged large swaths of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Los Angeles Times, "Death toll rises to 20 in the Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian regains strength and threatens the Carolinas," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tidal

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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