mud flat


a mud-covered, gently sloping tract of land, alternately covered and left bare by tidal waters.
the muddy, nearly level bed of a dry lake.

Origin of mud flat

First recorded in 1805–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for mud flat

flat, tideland, wetlands

Examples from the Web for mud flat

Historical Examples of mud flat

  • By the time I got close to the mud-flat his craft had disappeared inland.


    Joseph Conrad

  • That means that there is a mud-flat there, and it will be bare in about ten minutes.

    Cricket at the Seashore

    Elizabeth Westyn Timlow

  • The site available for a dock at the Union Ironworks was a mud-flat.

  • We had acquired this waste of marsh and mud-flat and were keen to go and possess it.

    Unexplored Spain

    Abel Chapman

  • And he jumped off the bank and landed lightly on his feet on the mud-flat, and started on again.

    The Tale of Peter Mink

    Arthur Scott Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for mud flat

mud flat


a tract of low muddy land, esp near an estuary, that is covered at high tide and exposed at low tide
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mud flat in Science

mud flat


Low-lying land consisting of silt or sand that is covered at high tide and exposed at low tide.
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