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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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 To access riding areas, vehicles must cross Arroyo Grande Creek, a perennial stream that empties into the ocean and supports tidewater goby and steelhead trout, fish that are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "Coastal Commission considers fate of off-roading at Oceano Dunes," 11 July 2019 The tidewater red cypress and brick exterior are a Wright trademark, and large patios provide plentiful space for indoor-outdoor entertaining. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Nab this Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian in an upcoming auction," 9 July 2019 There are two tidewater glaciers there, lots of waterfalls and birdlife. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s been a hot summer. Chill out with one of these Southcentral Alaska glacier excursions," 6 July 2019 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

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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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