tide·​wa·​ter | \ ˈtīd-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce tidewater (audio) , -ˌwä-\

Definition of tidewater

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : water overflowing land at flood tide also : water affected by the ebb and flow of the tide
2 : low-lying coastal land


geographical name
Tide·​wa·​ter | \ ˈtīd-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce Tidewater (audio) , -ˌwä-\

Definition of Tidewater (Entry 2 of 2)

low-lying region of eastern Virginia extending from Chesapeake Bay to the Piedmont; site of the first English settlements in America

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All three major producers are envisioned to be on board for the $43 billion project that would include a pipeline to tidewater. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska natural gas line project, Exxon Mobil agree on terms," 10 Sep. 2018 From his hands came a slow, elegant tidewater of chords, unresolved and Impressionistic. New York Times, "Jazz Giants Dave Burrell and Archie Shepp Retrace Their Five-Decade History," 25 May 2018 With Alberta far from tidewater, getting the oil to market has proved an increasing challenge. Alan Freeman, Washington Post, "Two of Canada’s biggest provinces are feuding over an oil pipeline. Trudeau is caught in the middle.," 25 May 2018 But the tidewater glaciers of Alaska — those that extend to the water’s edge — are almost entirely in retreat these days. Mark Adams, New York Times, "A D.I.Y. Trip Through Alaska’s Inside Passage," 21 May 2018 Among its other attributes, the Chugach wilderness is home to the largest concentration of tidewater glaciers in America. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘A Wild Promise,’ a wilderness area in limbo and a book with a mission," 19 May 2018 The park website highlights Bear Glacier Lagoon and boat tours that take visitors along the park's tidewater glaciers. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "11 glacier adventures near Anchorage," 2 May 2018 Get on a boat: Much of the park is only accessible by water, including the fjord ecosystem and tidewater glaciers. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Kenai Fjords National Park: 10 tips to make the most of your visit," 11 Apr. 2018 Whittier is the launching point for many cruises in Prince William Sound, which boasts more tidewater glaciers than any other region in North America. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "11 glacier adventures within 150 miles of Anchorage," 5 June 2017

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1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tidewater

: water that flows over land during high tide
US : an area of land along the coast

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