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
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Examples from the Web for low tide

Historical Examples of low tide

  • He threw it over the silver ring of the flat, foam-edged, low-tide waves.

    Angel Island

    Inez Haynes Gillmore

  • It was low-tide in the middle of the day, and the river-flats looked dismal.

    Old Friends and New

    Sarah Orne Jewett

  • At low-tide there is a much longer stretch of beach than here.

    The Visionary

    Jonas Lie

  • Its foundation is always under water except for an hour or two at low-tide.

  • One of them closed upon his fingers at low-tide, and then the flood-tide came in and drowned him.

    Before Adam

    Jack London

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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Science definitions for low tide

low tide

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.
The time at which a low tide occurs.
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