Definition of tidewater in English:



mass noun
  • 1Water brought or affected by tides.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    tidal flow, ebb and flow, flood, water, tide race, ebb, surge, current, stream, movement
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    1. 1.1North American An area that is affected by tides, especially eastern Virginia.
      as modifier ‘tidewater country’
      • ‘The first part of the trip explores the coast, a region of emerald rain forests, deep fjords, rich sealife, and tidewater glaciers that crumble into icy seas.’
      • ‘The Virginia tidewater region and the coastal south were also settled largely by the Scots-Irish.’
      • ‘American Black Ducks are historically found in forested wetlands, tidewater areas, and coastal marshes of eastern North America.’
      • ‘The unit was noted not only for its hard-fighting abilities, but also for its varied and far-flung field of service, stretching from tidewater Virginia all the way to the plains of Texas.’
      • ‘In this remote tidewater county where African Americans outnumbered whites, Turner and a group of slaves killed more than fifty whites over a two-day period.’
      • ‘A second group of migrants came from a different ‘hearth’: the tidewater region of South Carolina and Georgia.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Within a year he had moved into the house and for the next fifty-two years oversaw one of the most successful tidewater plantations in Virginia.’
      • ‘The Mattaponi are decedents of Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas and ruler of large portions of what is now tidewater Virginia.’
      • ‘You'll kayak through a maze of fjords and tidal channels and through the ice-encrusted Cordillera Darwin and the most active tidewater glaciers in the world.’
      • ‘Visitors will also find historic breeds of animals and crops typical of tidewater Virginia.’
      • ‘Those from the coastal states came from the hilly, interior backcountry rather than the coastal tidewater areas.’
      • ‘As in the Canadian campaign, returning soldiers and deserters carried smallpox home with them, sparking outbreaks that lasted well into 1777 in tidewater Virginia and Maryland.’
      • ‘The tidewater, with its old colonial heritage, held a symbolic place as the state's most influential region, but by 1860 it held neither the most people nor the most wealth.’
      • ‘Avey had heard the stories from her aunt when, as a child, she spent a month each summer at Cuney's home in Tatem, one of the South Carolina tidewater islands.’
      • ‘Malaria profoundly affected public health in the southern tidewater region, and it was a primary reason colonists in the Chesapeake Bay region lived shorter lives than did New Englanders.’
      • ‘Hubbard Glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in North America.’
      • ‘One bay had one tidewater glacier, one had two, and two had five each (College and Harriman fjords).’
      • ‘The builder of Temple Heights, Richard Thomas Brownrigg, a well-to-do planter and businessman, was a native of the colonial tidewater city of Edenton, on North Carolina's Albemarle Sound.’
      • ‘The original settlers, such as the Jefferson family, moved westward because families like theirs planted tobacco in tidewater Virginia and exhausted the soil.’