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half tide

  1. the state or time of the tide when halfway between high water and low water.
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Origin of half tide

First recorded in 1625–35
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Historical Examples of half-tide

  • As a mere matter of noise the reef roared its loudest at half-tide.

    The Pillar of Light

    Louis Tracy

  • The two hours of half-tide were the worst, but the anchors held.

    His Unknown Wife

    Louis Tracy

  • Browning's reputation has not yet risen again beyond a half-tide.

  • The success of the half-tide lock at Richmond has been beyond all expectation.

  • As the water left her, she fell over a little, of course; and at half-tide her keel lay high and dry.

    The Sea Lions

    James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for half-tide


  1. the state of the tide between flood and ebb
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