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low tide

the tide at the point of maximum ebb.
the time of low water.
the lowest point of decline of anything:
His spirits were at low tide.
Origin of low tide
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Many of the islets are joined together by bars of sand at low tide.

  • The deck reminded me of the gang-plank of a Harlem steamboat at low tide.

    Rudder Grange Frank R. Stockton
  • At low tide you may reach it from the mainland along a causeway.

  • But, fortunately, it was low tide, and there was no water to fall into.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • He sometimes took them to the pond on the Common, and sometimes to wharves at low tide.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • I did not know the time of low tide in that part of the world on that night.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • The Grumblers were a collection of jagged rocks, exposed at low tide.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman
  • They dragged it down to the water,—for it was low tide,—and got into it.

    The Yacht Club Oliver Optic
  • The people gathered all the shellfish they could find at low tide.

British Dictionary definitions for low tide

low tide

the tide when it is at its lowest level or the time at which it reaches this
a lowest point
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low tide in Science
low tide  
  1. The tide at its lowest level at a particular time and place. The lowest tides reached under normal meteorological conditions (the spring tides) take place when the Moon and Sun are directly aligned with respect to Earth. Low tides are less extreme when the Moon and Sun are at right angles (the neap tides). 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 low tide occurs.

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