Rip Current

Science / Tides and Currents / Rip Current: A narrow intense current setting sea-ward through the surf zone. It removes the excess water brought to the zone by the small net mass transport of waves. It is fed by long shore currents. Rip currents usually occur at points, groins, jetties, etc., of irregular beaches, and at regular intervals along straight, uninterrupted beaches.

Other Words for Current

Current Noun Synonyms: course, progress, tendency, tenor, drift, trend, inclination, mainstream
Current Adjective Synonyms: contemporary, ongoing, present, contemporaneous, simultaneous, coeval
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Other Words for Rip

Rip Verb Synonyms: tear (apart or asunder), rend, be torn or rent, split, cut (apart)
Rip Adjective Synonyms: tear, rent, split, gash, slash, rift, cleft, rupture
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Littoral Current

Science / Tides and Currents / Littoral Current: A current in the littoral zone such as a long shore or rip current. MORE

Long Shore Current

Science / Tides and Currents / Long Shore Current: A current paralleling the shore largely within the surf zone. It is caused by the excess water brought to the zone by the small net mass transport of wind waves. Long shore currents feed into rip curr MORE

Rotary Current

Science / Tides and Currents / Rotary Current: A tidal current that flows continually with the direction of flow changing through all points of the compass during the tidal period. Rotary currents are usually found offshore where the direction of MORE

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