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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. 2018.
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  • The coves and hollows were better wooded and there were some stretches of slack water.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • 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
  • "You can haul the trap at slack water this afternoon," the director said.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • It was slack water now, and the river stood still, holding its breath.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • And it was slack water in the minds of men floating on that dark and sinister harbour.

    Command William McFee
  • It has also been suggested to improve the river Raisin by locks and slack water navigation.

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

    The Silent Places Steward Edward White
  • In slack water you will have to keep moving your set as the water rises and falls.

    Mink Trapping A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • Ruth, let us get the net and put it right across the creek as soon as it is slack water.

British Dictionary definitions for slack water

slack water

the period of still water around the turn of the tide, esp at low tide
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