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

Definition of tidewater

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

Examples of tidewater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Representative Elaine Luria knew from the start that serving on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol could be a political liability in her Republican-leaning district in Virginia’s tidewater. New York Times, 7 June 2022 Activities include a day-boat tour of the park’s tidewater glaciers or a visit to the Huna Tribal House, where Huna Tlingit guides share their ancestral connection to the land. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 6 Mar. 2022 Located in southeast Alaska just below the Tongass National Forest and west of Juneau, Glacier Bay has the world’s largest concentration of tidewater glaciers that are actively calving. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2021 On cruise ships en route to Juneau, a popular side trip visits Tracy Arm, a narrow, mile-high gorge that ends at a tidewater glacier. David Swanson, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 When healthy, small creeks and estuaries like Loma Alta provide a home for unusual species such as the tidewater goby, a native California fish less than 2 inches long. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2021 Great eating clams and mussels can be found almost anywhere there’s tidewater. Popular Science, 19 Oct. 2020 It’s done in shallow tidewater, and by wading along the long cord, multiple baited lines can be tended. Popular Science, 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, 29 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of tidewater

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 5 Jul. 2022.

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Tidewater geographical name

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

Definition of Tidewater

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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