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mud flat

a mud-covered, gently sloping tract of land, alternately covered and left bare by tidal waters.
the muddy, nearly level bed of a dry lake.
Origin of mud flat
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She seems to be more down on that Imogene than a bow anchor on a mud flat.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Four eggs laid on a mud flat near the water's edge; no nest.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • There is a mud flat in front, and hardly any one but ourselves knows the channel.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • It will beach itself presently, on a mud flat, and can be recovered towards evening.


    Ellen Newbold La Motte
  • Clifford told Jack that they must "row the old tub back to mud flat," and both boys pluckily bent to the work.

  • Regardless of his thousand-dollar fur, he rolled, thrashed, and tumbled about in the bushes and in the mud flat by a brook.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • Part of this mud flat is already solid land, but part is mere marsh or shifting quicksand.

    Science in Arcady Grant Allen
  • Unlimbering back near a farm we sloshed off across the mud flat towards the section of trench which we had been ordered to occupy.

    Bullets & Billets Bruce Bairnsfather
British Dictionary definitions for mud flat

mud flat

a tract of low muddy land, esp near an estuary, that is covered at high tide and exposed at low tide
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mud flat in Science
mud flat
Low-lying land consisting of silt or sand that is covered at high tide and exposed at low tide.
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