spring tide

noun
  1. the large rise and fall of the tide at or soon after the new or the full moon.
  2. any great flood or swelling rush: a spring tide of compliments.

Origin of spring tide

First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for spring tide

Historical Examples of spring tide

  • With winter around him, he felt within like the spring-tide, when all is new and bright.

    Loss and Gain

    John Henry Newman

  • In her face was the freshness of dawn; the grace of spring-tide.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham

  • They say that green is the color of hope, for it is the spring-tide of the heart.

  • They could only work on the rock for a few hours at spring-tide.

  • Watercourses swelled into the freshet-volume of the "spring-tide."

    The Tempering

    Charles Neville Buck


British Dictionary definitions for spring tide

spring tide

noun
  1. either of the two tides that occur at or just after new moon and full moon when the tide-generating force of the sun acts in the same direction as that of the moon, reinforcing it and causing the greatest rise and fall in tidal level. The highest spring tides (equinoctial springs) occur at the equinoxesCompare neap tide
  2. any great rush or flood
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spring tide in Science

spring tide

  1. A tide in which the difference between high and low tide is the greatest. Spring tides occur when the Moon is either new or full, and the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth are aligned. When this is the case, their collective gravitational pull on the Earth's water is strengthened. Compare neap tide. See more at tide.
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