Tidewaiter meaning

tīdwātər
A customs officer who boards incoming ships at a harbor.
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(historical) A customs official who boarded incoming ships to prevent customs evasion.
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A customs officer who oversees the landing of goods from merchant vessels in order to secure payment of duties.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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