- 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
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Examples from the Web for mud flat
By the time I got close to the mud-flat his craft had disappeared inland.Chance
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.The Romance of Modern Mechanism
We had acquired this waste of marsh and mud-flat and were keen to go and possess it.Unexplored Spain
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
- a tract of low muddy land, esp near an estuary, that is covered at high tide and exposed at low tide
- Low-lying land consisting of silt or sand that is covered at high tide and exposed at low tide.
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