tide pool


: a pool of salt water left (as in a rock basin) by an ebbing tide

called also tidal pool

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An interactive tide pool and a new kids' club launching in May will turn Hotel del Coronado into the ultimate family-friendly summer retreat. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 13 Apr. 2022 The park’s tide pool area closes at 4:30 p.m. each day. Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 There was a tide pool just beyond that, full of sea creatures, the aquarium in real life. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Aug. 2021 François was hooked on aquatics after a childhood encounter with a sardine in a tide pool. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Aug. 2021 One paper from 1971 describes a moray that clambered into the same tide pool to hunt for five days straight. New York Times, 22 June 2021 Why would the warm nostalgic tide pool that is Pluto TV harsh our streaming experience like this? Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 21 June 2021 The next is the beach itself — small, tropical, and with a tide pool and rock formations to explore. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 28 Mar. 2021 Six miles from town, Madaket is known for seemingly never-ending beaches and appeals to families keen on some tide pool exploration at Smith Point. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 26 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tide pool was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Tide pool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tide%20pool. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

tide pool


: a pool of salt water left (as in a rock basin) when the tide recedes
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