from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A strong tidal current in a strait or inlet.


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  • There is adventure aplenty, whether it be the thrilling and dangerous ride through the rock-strewn Mykines Sound in the Faroes in the grip of gale and tide-race, or the heart-stopping anxiety of trying to repair Brendan in the harsh Greenland Sea after the hull was holed by ice.

    The Brendan Voyage, by Tim Severin. Book review

  • At the corners of the tray we also noted four figures of Marsyas and from their bladders spouted a highly spiced sauce upon fish which were swimming about as if in a tide-race.


  • It was no longer a question of where and how he should negotiate the tide-race, but of whether he should be able to approach the cape at all, or whether he should be obliged to put the ship before the ever-increasing wind and run before it.

    Heavy Weather

  • The matter evaporated must be driven onwards to a certain point, then turn back, and change its current to and fro, like a tide-race in a narrow strait.

    On Sleep and Sleeplessness

  • It seemed to be none of them, for the Midshipman took his tiny craft out through the harbour entrance to buck and thump its bows in the tide-race over the sandbar.

    Sharpe's Siege

  • What it was I had no guess, which for the time increased my fear of it; but I now know it must have been the roost or tide-race, which had carried me away so fast and tumbled me about so cruelly, and at last, as if tired of that play, had flung out me and the spare yard upon its landward margin.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6

  • Presently, this latter gentleman, casting a casual eye around, spied the poor mastless, derelict-looking little yacht, rolling about in the heavy tide-race that was taking her on to the rocks.

    Bob Strong's Holidays Adrift in the Channel

  • Round the Point at a certain state of every tide there is a formidable tide-race, and always a swell so strong as to make small boats very careful of the weather before they try to sail round the Start.

    Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts

  • We gave the South a wider berth, for there the tide-race roared,

    The Ontario High School Reader

  • Looking out, I saw that we were drifting into a "jobble" or tide-race, which seemed to drift obliquely into the shore.

    Jim Davis


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