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  • n. A strong flow of water away from the shore of the ocean.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current
  • n. a strong surface current flowing outwards from a shore


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  • A riptide occurs when water at high tide gets pooled behind reefs or sand bars so when the sea goes out again, the trapped water has to find a channel through which to escape the pool.


  • National Guard members saying good-bye to loved ones ahead of Iraq deployment Tallahassee man recalls riptide experience from Memorial Day 2008


  • Tallahassee man recalls riptide experience from Memorial Day 2008


  • The mother of a Saugus High Student whose gym locker was painted with a swastika and a homophobic slur on Wednesday is angry and ready to do something to stop the "riptide" of discrimination that has existed in the community for years.


  • A vicious swathe of mage energy catching even Cat in its riptide.

    Earl of Durkness

  • Nicole Suriel of the Columbia Secondary School drowned off the beach of Long Beach, Long Island, while caught up in a riptide.

    Peter Zucker: Nicole Suriel Should not be Forgotten

  • And Monday's Morning Edition gave unquestioned voice to the latter half of this message in a bland Lynn Neary interview on a subject that should be treated as a riptide of controversy.

    Paul Kleyman: NPR News Gives Free Pass to Anti-Aging Ideologue

  • Alec Sulkin's work allows the riptide of doubt and sadness to undermine his jokes in such a powerful way that they become human.

    Aaron Belz: Literary Twitter: @thesulk

  • Historically, the only way change has come is from a swelling of the people, a swelling of voices, which enacts a riptide effect.

    Feliz L. Molina: Poets Occupy Philadelphia in Solidarity With Occupy Wall Street

  • As any lifeguard will tell you, the correct thing to do is just relax and let the riptide do its thing.

    Make Yourself Unforgettable

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