rip current


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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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'Swells are expected to increase later today across the U.S.and British Virgin Islands and along the southern coasts of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, and they could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,' the NHC added.
Members of the public at the Marsden Grotto pub raised the alarm after a couple and their 11-year-old boy were caught by a rip current at 8.50pm on Sunday.
Members of the public at the Marsden Grotto pub in South Shields raised the alarm after a couple and their 11-year-old boy were caught by a rip current at 8.50pm on Sunday.
One way to think of them is as rivers of the sea and there are several different types of rip current, all of which are formed in different ways.
* A rip current is a relatively strong, narrow ocean current that flows outward from the beach.
A COVENTRY man died after getting caught in a rip current during a holiday in Cornwall, a coroner has said.
EDT, four of the children got stuck in a strong rip current and started screaming.
* If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current.
A rip current is a strong, localised, and narrow current of water which moves directly away from the shore.
The center said swells generated by Aletta would begin to hit portions of mainland Mexico and the west coast of Baja California Sur and continue through the weekend, likely causing "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions," AP reported.
Vos [6] first noted observations of the developmental stages of a transient rip current on the Western coast of Australia.