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low water

water at its lowest level, as in a river.
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low-water, adjective Unabridged
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  • The depth of the river at this point was about twelve feet at low-water; and its breadth some four or five hundred yards.

  • There is a depth of 14 ft. at low-water spring-tide on the bar.

  • Makes a longer run, but some of the deep boats might have touched bottom if they'd tried to cross at low-water.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • Our principles and our politeness are on a par—at low-water mark.

    The English Spy Bernard Blackmantle
  • But the further it penetrates the less scouring force it has, and as a result no island is girt completely by a low-water channel.

    To Kiel in the 'Hercules' Lewis R. Freeman
  • I say, why is he so precious fond of hunting about among the rocks at low-water?

    Sappers and Miners George Manville Fenn
  • It appeared at low-water to be nearly dry, and then only amounted to a collection of mud and sandbanks.

  • It was low-water still, but the water no longer ebbed; it had begun to flow.

  • If his companion could keep her off the ground as the banks dried and the channel narrowed, they ought to arrive by low-water.

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
  • The passion had inundated him in the manner of an incoming tide and a low-water rock.

    Cytherea Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for low-water

low water

another name for low tide (sense 1)
the state of any stretch of water at its lowest level
a situation of difficulty or point of least success, excellence, etc
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