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.
Current Noun Synonyms: course, progress, tendency, tenor, drift, trend, inclination, mainstream
Current Adjective Synonyms: contemporary, ongoing, present, contemporaneous, simultaneous, coeval
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
Science / Tides and Currents / Littoral Current: A current in the littoral zone such as a long shore or rip current. MORE
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