- 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
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
Its foundation is always under water except for an hour or two at low-tide.Personal Reminiscences in Book Making
One of them closed upon his fingers at low-tide, and then the flood-tide came in and drowned him.Before Adam
- the tide when it is at its lowest level or the time at which it reaches this
- a lowest point
- 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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