Definition of tidal bore in English:

tidal bore


  • A large wave caused by the funneling of a flood tide as it enters a long, narrow, shallow inlet.

    ‘The tidal bore of water in a salt marsh estuary typically involves very little wave action, with slow and steady increases and decreases in water level.’
    • ‘The images - showing a colossal wave looming over people - were actually photographs of a tidal bore (a wall of water that travels up some rivers during high tide).’
    • ‘Sometimes, a bore can form during which an abrupt front of whitewater will rapidly advance inland much similar to the tidal bore formed at the mouth of large rivers.’
    • ‘More than 115,000 tourists from home and abroad gathered at Haining on Sunday to watch the mammoth autumnal tidal bores.’
    • ‘A tidal bore, formerly > 2 m in height, now rarely > 1 m in height, forms on incoming tides.’
    • ‘Gentle, rolling hills bring the village slanting towards the waters of Morecambe Bay, where visitors enjoying a pint at one of the village's pubs on a summer evening can watch the remarkable tidal bore rush in.’
    • ‘In the case of a tidal bore, like the one in Canada's Bay of Fundy, a strong rising tide can enter a river channel and push the water back upstream.’
    • ‘An eygre is a tidal bore - still called an aegir today.’
    • ‘The tidal bore comes in faster than a galloping horse, but first wilful surging water fills gullies and gaping holes left by the last ebbing tide.’


tidal bore

/ˈtīdl bô(ə)r/ /ˈtaɪdl bɔ(ə)r/