The definition of a riptide is a strong current pulling towards the sea.
An example of a riptide is the pull of the water that can make a man fall while wading in the sea.
a current opposing other currents, producing violently disturbed water; esp., the strong, narrow flow of seawater that rushes seaward after incoming waves pile up on the shore
also written rip tide
Origin of riptiderip + tide
- A particularly strong tidal current which may e.g. carry a swimmer far offshore.
- A rip current.
- This beach suffers from a riptide that can easily sweep you out to sea.