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slack water

a period when a body of water is between tides.
water that is free of currents.
Origin of slack water
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Glen had swum and fished in it, and boated on it, until he knew its every current and slack-water pool.

    Campmates Kirk Munroe
  • It is high-water and slack-water, in Port Desire, at half-past twelve, on the days of full and change.

  • A slack-water period of intellectual slothfulness nearly always ensues.

    French Art W. C. Brownell
  • Here we used to remain until nearly time for slack-water again, when we weighed and made for home.

  • They fish around the 'slack-water,' catching the last of the ebb and the first of the flow, and hence drift but little either way.

    The Hudson Wallace Bruce
  • Then we went down the river as far as the Elbow, where we waited in the slack-water to hail up-bound steamboats.

    Raftmates Kirk Munroe
  • Every night the river falls from three to six inches, and there are long stretches of slack-water.

    Afloat on the Ohio Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • No, sir; it's slack-water; or, rather, the ebb is just beginning to make.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for slack-water

slack water

the period of still water around the turn of the tide, esp at low tide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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