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half tide

the state or time of the tide when halfway between high water and low water.
Origin of half tide
First recorded in 1625-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As a mere matter of noise the reef roared its loudest at half-tide.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • The two hours of half-tide were the worst, but the anchors held.

    His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy
  • Browning's reputation has not yet risen again beyond a half-tide.

    Old and New Masters Robert Lynd
  • The success of the half-tide lock at Richmond has been beyond all expectation.

  • As the water left her, she fell over a little, of course; and at half-tide her keel lay high and dry.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • As we passed it at half-tide we saw the spray tossed up nearly to the shell.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
  • It is safe enough at high water but very dangerous at half-tide.

  • When a vessel is to load limestone here, she is grounded on the shore at about half-tide, and loaded when the water recedes.

  • For all kinds of sea-fishing the evening is the best, and a half-tide, either rising or falling, is considered most favourable.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • At low water a causeway of rocks joins it to the mainland, but at half-tide even it is impassable, except in a boat on a calm day.


    E. R. Suffling
British Dictionary definitions for half-tide


the state of the tide between flood and ebb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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