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spring tide

the large rise and fall of the tide at or soon after the new or the full moon.
any great flood or swelling rush:
a spring tide of compliments.
Origin of spring tide
1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for spring tide
  • They are then transported back inside estuaries on the subsequent spring tide.
  • Shoreline intertidal communities span the area between the mean high water line and lowest spring tide level.
  • One spring tide range per month is usually higher than the other, a consequence of the moon's distance and declination.
  • Spawning zones moved up and down the beach foreshore as the high tide line shifted diurnally and daily over spring tide cycles.
  • For instance, a spring tide is usually accompanied by stronger tidal currents than a neap tide.
British Dictionary definitions for spring tide

spring tide

either of the two tides that occur at or just after new moon and full moon when the tide-generating force of the sun acts in the same direction as that of the moon, reinforcing it and causing the greatest rise and fall in tidal level. The highest spring tides (equinoctial springs) occur at the equinoxes Compare neap tide
any great rush or flood
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spring tide in Science
spring tide  

A tide in which the difference between high and low tide is the greatest. Spring tides occur when the Moon is either new or full, and the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth are aligned. When this is the case, their collective gravitational pull on the Earth's water is strengthened. Compare neap tide. See more at tide.
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