There are 2 main definitions of tidewater in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

tidewater1

Line breaks: tide|water
Pronunciation: /ˈtʌɪdwɔːtə
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
1Water brought or affected by tides.
Example sentences
  • Mount Garibaldi is only 20 km from tidewater at the head of Howe Sound.
  • Those four glaciated fjords generally are deep and have both tidewater and hanging glaciers (i.e. glaciers that have retreated from tidewater, sometimes dramatically).
  • Founded in 1635 as the first Puritan settlement above tidewater, the town appears connected to its past, even after nearly 370 years of growth and change.
1.1North American An area that is affected by tides, especially eastern Virginia: [as modifier]: tidewater country
More example sentences
  • American Black Ducks are historically found in forested wetlands, tidewater areas, and coastal marshes of eastern North America.
  • Those from the coastal states came from the hilly, interior backcountry rather than the coastal tidewater areas.
  • Nineteenth-century urban and industrial development of the eastern seaboard bypassed tidewater Maryland and left its few towns, Chestertown among them, distinctive for their isolation.

Words that rhyme with tidewater

dishwaterflatwater • Whitewater

Definition of tidewater in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

There are 2 main definitions of tidewater in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

Tidewater2

Syllabification: Tide·wa·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈtīdˌwôtər, -ˌwätər/

Entry from US English dictionary

(the Tidewater) Coastal regions of eastern Virginia where tidal water flows up the Potomac, Rappahannock, York, James, and smaller rivers. Early-17th-century British settlement was focused here.

Definition of tidewater in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.