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mud flat

a mud-covered, gently sloping tract of land, alternately covered and left bare by tidal waters.
the muddy, nearly level bed of a dry lake.
Origin of mud flat
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We had acquired this waste of marsh and mud-flat and were keen to go and possess it.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • The Chapman light-house, a three-legged thing erect on a mud-flat, shone strongly.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • The combination always reminds me of a rather stylish tug-boat with its towline attached to a scow on a mud-flat.

  • Probably Sir James did not know that the real Constellation was fast in the mud-flat.

  • The site available for a dock at the Union Ironworks was a mud-flat.

    The Romance of Modern Mechanism Archibald Williams
  • There was a heavy log lying on the mud-flat of the river waiting to be shaped into a mast for a boat.

  • On that day they landed at Yqueque, a mud-flat, or guano island, off a line of yellow sand-hills.

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield
  • The stretch before him resembled nothing so much as mud-flat with the tide out.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The tide was going out, and soon a mud-flat would lie between them and the home shore.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • That means that there is a mud-flat there, and it will be bare in about ten minutes.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
British Dictionary definitions for mud-flat

mud flat

a tract of low muddy land, esp near an estuary, that is covered at high tide and exposed at low tide
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mud-flat in Science
mud flat
Low-lying land consisting of silt or sand that is covered at high tide and exposed at low tide.
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