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low tide

the tide at the point of maximum ebb.
the time of low water.
the lowest point of decline of anything:
His spirits were at low tide.
Origin of low tide
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The common Starfish, Asterias rubens, may constantly be found among stones, about low-tide mark.

  • At low-tide there is a much longer stretch of beach than here.

    The Visionary Jonas Lie
  • It was low-tide in the middle of the day, and the river-flats looked dismal.

    Old Friends and New Sarah Orne Jewett
  • Its foundation is always under water except for an hour or two at low-tide.

  • With the débris from all these sources the reef is constantly built up until it rises to low-tide level.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • They are generally to be found adhering to the under surface of stones about low-tide mark.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • The barelegged men and women were as industriously taking advantage of the low-tide as if nothing at all were happening.

  • It occurs about low-tide mark and just below, upon stones and alg, or crawling about on a soft bottom.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • On this stretch of line speed and balance tests will be made when passenger traffic is at low-tide.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • The double entrance to the burrow, which may be discovered about low-tide mark, is unique.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for low-tide

low tide

the tide when it is at its lowest level or the time at which it reaches this
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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