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

Examples of tidewater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Bokan Mountain rare earth underground mine prospect near tidewater on southern Prince of Wales Island holds more than 4.7 million metric tons of indicated rare earth ore, according to a 2015 resource assessment. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy asks federal council to fast-track Southeast Alaska ‘rare earths’ prospect," 6 Sep. 2019 The airport in Freeport was reduced to a river of rushing tidewaters. Jasper Ward, Washington Post, "Slow-moving Hurricane Dorian pounding the Bahamas for a third punishing day; children among the dead," 3 Sep. 2019 More tidewater roared into Venice on Friday, layering more catastrophic floods into the lagoon city and panicking residents over the viability of living on the lip of the Adriatic Sea. Andrew Freedman, Washington Post, "Venice is underwater — and a preview of what climate change will bring to coastal cities," 15 Nov. 2019 The work reopened 10 miles of the upper watershed to salmon and steelhead and restored marsh habitat for the San Francisco garter snake, California red-legged frog and tidewater goby. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Restoring a San Mateo County creek to keep new generations of fish thriving," 5 Nov. 2019 The producer companies solidified their project endpoint by subsequently purchasing nearly 700 acres along tidewater in Nikiski to begin preparing for the eventual LNG plant. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Valdez protests gas line analysis favoring Nikiski terminal, but Mat-Su Borough is satisfied," 11 July 2019 These tidewater glaciers are rapidly retreating and melting, like much of Earth’s ice, continually adding to rising sea levels. Jennifer Leman, Scientific American, "Alarming Sonar Results Show Glaciers May Be Melting Faster Than We Expected," 26 July 2019 Greenland experiences surface melt as well as melting by tidewater glaciers. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Alaskan glaciers melting 100 times faster than previously thought," 25 July 2019 For almost 300 years, Sotterley, a historic home on a hill overlooking the Patuxent River, was known to the public as a quiet working tobacco plantation and farm in the fertile tidewater land adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay. Debra Bruno, Washington Post, "Descendants of slaves and slave owners discover legacy of Maryland’s Sotterley Plantation," 18 July 2019

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1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jan 2020

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“Tidewater.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidewater. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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