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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
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Examples from the web for high tide
  • The storm came ashore at the time of the high tide, which added to the surge of water being pushed ahead by the hurricane.
  • Having your own boat at high tide allows you to go much farther.
  • Often when it comes to growth and globalisation, a high tide raises all boats.
  • Not much of a colony, it must be said: the island is so small that even a modest fishing vessel can come ashore only at high tide.
  • Its thin ring of coral remains uninhabited because it's completely submerged at high tide.
  • The land here dropped more than two feet after the earthquake, so large parts of the former town flood at high tide.
  • The high winds and high tide created a potentially fatal combination.
  • high tide and raw sewage continually threaten to rise up over the thresholds of its thousands of plank-and-corrugated-iron shacks.
  • The local newspapers only recorded one low and one high tide a day.
  • The mean high water line is where the mean high tide meets the slope of the beach.
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
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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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