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 It’s done in shallow tidewater, and by wading along the long cord, multiple baited lines can be tended. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 19 Oct. 2020 The district's mission is to establish, construct, operate or maintain flood control works related to hurricane protection, tidewater flooding, saltwater intrusion and conservation. NOLA.com, "Lemane retires from St. Tammany Parish public school system," 29 Oct. 2020 Traps can be placed in tidewater off docks, bulkheads, bridges, and suspended from floats almost anywhere. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 19 Oct. 2020 Long before layout blinds, gunners on the Atlantic tidewater hid in the short coastal grasses using backboards for support. Joseph Albanese, Outdoor Life, "4 Off-Season Waterfowl Projects that Will Improve Your Decoy Spread (and Your Home)," 26 May 2020 Allot a few days in Columbia Bay, home to one of the state’s largest tidewater glaciers. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "9 Unforgettable Ocean Adventures to Plan Now," 27 Apr. 2020 While this is only one glacier as opposed to several in the national park, the Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. You, refinery29.com, "I’m 31 & This Is How Much I Spent On My Solo Trip On A Cruise Through Alaska," 30 Jan. 2020 At the head of the fjord is a tidewater glacier, a valley glacier that flows all the way to the ocean. Sunset Magazine, "Sail the Seas of the Inside Passage to Witness Seven Natural Wonders," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tidewater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidewater. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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