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high tide

the tide at its highest level of elevation.
the time of high water.
a culminating point:
the high tide of the revolution.
Origin of high tide
before 1000; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • By this time it was high tide; embroidered coats and silk sashes were lost; many hats, too, had been carried away by the waves.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • At Zierikzee, in Zeeland, a whale has been stranded by a high tide and a gale of wind.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • The two pilots on the steamer agreed that daylight and high tide were necessary to get the vessel safely out of the river.

  • Where is its current, where are the waves, when does the high tide rush in from the sea?

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • At high tide of summer Spanish mantillas, Spanish fans, would not be out of place in the open air.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for high tide

high tide

  1. the tide at its highest level
  2. the time at which it reaches this
a culminating point
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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high tide in Science
high tide  
  1. The tide when it is at its highest level at a particular time and place. The highest tides reached under normal meteorological conditions (the spring tides) take place when the Moon and Sun are directly aligned with respect to Earth. High tides are less extreme (the neap tides) when the Moon and Sun are at right angles. Storms and other meteorological conditions can greatly affect the height of the tides as well. See more at tide.

  2. The time at which a high tide occurs.

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