Adjective "estuary" definition and examples

(Estuary may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


The tidal mouth of a large river, where the tide meets the stream.
  1. 'It is found in shallow marine coastal waters, rivers, estuaries and lakes, preferably with sand or mud bottoms.'
  2. 'We present a new method to characterize and quantify groundwater discharge to estuaries and the coastal ocean.'
  3. 'Researchers have learnt that females give birth in river estuaries, sheltered from the strong winds and waves of the open sea.'
  4. 'River ecosystems and estuaries, of vital importance to many species, have been severely damaged throughout Europe.'
  5. 'The picturesque coastal village of Arnside sits on the estuary of the River Kent where it flows into Morecambe Bay.'
  6. 'This subspecies migrates from the nearshore ocean to brackish estuaries and to freshwater streams and rivers to spawn.'
  7. 'It is a land of undulating hills and hollows, dips and drumlins, rivers, inlets, estuaries and lakes, dotted with homes and barns.'
  8. 'We'd spent the night on an old trawler bobbing around in the estuary of the river.'
  9. 'Contestants can fish from any of the local beaches, rivers or estuaries but fishing from the rocks or from boats is not allowed.'
  10. 'The flounder is common in estuaries and the tidal waters of rivers, and especially abundant in the Baltic Sea.'

More definitions

1. that part of the mouth or lower course of a river in which the river's current meets the sea's tide.

2. an arm or inlet of the sea at the lower end of a river.

More examples(as adjective)

"catches can be estuary."

"waters can be estuary."


Mid 16th century (denoting a tidal inlet of any size): from Latin aestuarium ‘tidal part of a shore’, from aestus ‘tide’.