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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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  • It was high-tide, but we well knew that there was not water sufficient on the bar to allow the corvette to enter.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • Evremond had come all at once to the high-tide mark of his limit.

  • When the tragedy had risen to high-tide in her soul—there had been no words for him.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
  • Of course there was a high-tide of question and answer at once.

    Interrupted Pansy
  • No wonder the water that rushed in at high-tide had seemed to go so quietly away.

    Kastle Krags Absalom Martin
  • It was Carnival time, and the very acme and high-tide of that season of mirth and revel.

    A Siren Thomas Adolphus Trollope
  • The elevation of the gauge was from four to six feet above the high-tide level.

    The Solomon Islands and Their Natives H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy
  • Early in June this high-tide of business slackened, and by the close of the second week we were moderately idle.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • They were used to snow, and they were as jolly as clams at high-tide.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • The eggs were laid on the bare earth, often within two or three feet of high-tide mark.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
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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