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low tide

noun
1.
the tide at the point of maximum ebb.
2.
the time of low water.
3.
the lowest point of decline of anything:
His spirits were at low tide.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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Examples from the web for low tide
  • It was ultimate candor, it was the body's lingo, it was low tide in his inner ear.
  • At low tide, it is surrounded by a broad, flat apron of coral where a plane could safely touch down.
  • Nature lovers exploring parts of a submerged reef exposed at low tide.
  • These are of obvious influence if you're a geoduck, a type of clam that people dig up at low tide.
  • At low tide, look for the ochre star in the shade of rocks.
  • At low tide, the water is pulled back to reveal a vast expanse of mud flats.
  • Here marine plants and animals are submerged during high tide and exposed to the sun and wind on the rocky reef during low tide.
  • In fact, if you lived near an ocean you could look up the high and low tide times in a local newspaper.
  • Tide tables should be consulted to time the return hike to low tide as well.
British Dictionary definitions for low tide

low tide

noun
1.
the tide when it is at its lowest level or the time at which it reaches this
2.
a lowest point
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low tide in Science
low tide  
  1. The tide at its lowest level at a particular time and place. The lowest tides reached under normal meteorological conditions (the spring tides) take place when the Moon and Sun are directly aligned with respect to Earth. Low tides are less extreme when the Moon and Sun are at right angles (the neap tides). 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 low tide occurs.


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