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high tide

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noun
  1. the tide at its highest level of elevation.
  2. the time of high water.
  3. a culminating point: the high tide of the revolution.

Origin of high tide

before 1000; Middle English; Old English
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Examples from the Web for high tide

Historical Examples

  • Nearly half the area is at high-tide level or else below it.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • "Imperial Purple" marks the high-tide of Saltus's peculiar genius.

    The Merry-Go-Round

    Carl Van Vechten

  • Evremond had come all at once to the high-tide mark of his limit.

  • Of course there was a high-tide of question and answer at once.

  • When the tragedy had risen to high-tide in her soul—there had been no words for him.


British Dictionary definitions for high tide

high tide

noun
    1. the tide at its highest level
    2. the time at which it reaches this
  1. a culminating point
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high tide in Science

high tide

  1. The tide when it is at its highest level at a particular time and place. The highest tides reached under normal meteorological conditions (the spring tides) take place when the Moon and Sun are directly aligned with respect to Earth. High tides are less extreme (the neap tides) when the Moon and Sun are at right angles. Storms and other meteorological conditions can greatly affect the height of the tides as well. See more at tide.
  2. The time at which a high tide occurs.
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