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slack water

a period when a body of water is between tides.
water that is free of currents.
Origin of slack water
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was slack water now, and the wharf seemed high, and the landing-stage altogether too steep and slippery.

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • The coves and hollows were better wooded and there were some stretches of slack water.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • Wherever the shore bends, the current, when strong, keeps straight on across the slack water till it hits the bend.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • He was in the slack water of the soul, when the ebb is spent, before the tide has begun to flow.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • They generally secured (at slack water) a large fish, in shape like a bream, and with long projecting teeth.

  • It was slack water now, and the river stood still, holding its breath.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • Ruth, let us get the net and put it right across the creek as soon as it is slack water.

  • And then, with a final wrestle, they were in slack water, and she loosed her hold and struck out alongside him.

    Pearl of Pearl Island John Oxenham
  • And it was slack water in the minds of men floating on that dark and sinister harbour.

    Command William McFee
  • Each morning a thin film of ice was to be seen along the edges of the slack water.

    The Silent Places Steward Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for slack water

slack water

the period of still water around the turn of the tide, esp at low tide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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