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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.
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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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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|Noun||1.||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
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