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rip current
A rip current is formed when water coming ashore is channeled back to sea through a narrow passage, such as a break in a sandbar, causing an increase in the strength of the current.

rip current

n.
A strong, narrow surface current that flows rapidly away from the shore, returning the water carried landward by waves. Also called rip tide, tiderip.
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rip current

(rĭp)
A strong, narrow surface current that flows rapidly away from the shore. Rip currents form when water that has piled up along a shore due to wind and waves suddenly returns to deeper waters. Also called rip tide.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rip current - a strong surface current flowing outwards from a shore
tide - the periodic rise and fall of the sea level under the gravitational pull of the moon
current, stream - a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes); "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air"; "the hose ejected a stream of water"
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RNLI lifeguard supervisor Alex Richardson said: "Rip currents are a major cause of accidental drowning in the UK.