Definition of rip current in English:

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rip current


An intermittent strong surface current flowing seaward from the shore.
Example sentences
  • Swimmers caught in this current should swim parallel to the shore until they are out of the rip current.
  • Conditions were rough in the river mouth and out to sea, with a strong rip current, heavy rain and thick cloud cover.
  • We swam out and I managed to pull the boy out of the strong rip current.

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