high tide


Definition of high tide 

1 : the tide when the water is at its greatest elevation

2 : culminating point : climax the hide tide of the war effort

Examples of high tide in a Sentence

At high tide the water covers the rocks completely.

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Officials are hoping southerly winds and high tides will carry it away. BostonGlobe.com, "6 dead after attackers target presidential palace," 14 July 2018 And just now may be the high tide, the zenith, of construction projects. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Streets of San Francisco are always being dug up," 30 June 2018 The changes are part of a master plan designed to protect the beach from sea level rise and exceptionally high tides known as King Tides. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dania working on plan to save its disappearing beach," 28 June 2018 Noyes lashed oil casks to the Niantic’s bottom and floated it into position at high tide. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "How ships on dry land helped Gold Rush San Francisco grow," 16 Feb. 2018 Places like Miami Beach, Florida, and Norfolk, Virginia, flood frequently with high tides. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "Not just heat: Climate change signs can be seen all around," 19 June 2018 And this flooding isn't necessarily caused by a storm, but by rising seas: As ocean levels rise because of global warming, flooding can now occur with high tides in many locations. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "‘Clear-sky’ flooding worsens across U.S. as sea levels rise, report says," 6 June 2018 About 10 days later, during the next series of high tides, the tiny fry hatch and return to the ocean. Ernie Cowan Outdoors, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Annual spring ritual of grunion arriving on beaches," 28 Apr. 2018 In other pockets, the storm dropped large amounts of precipitation, including heavy snowfall, or its winds pushed in seawater during high tides, inundating bayside neighborhoods. chicagotribune.com, "At least 7 dead, streets flooded, cities paralyzed by massive East Coast storm," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of high tide

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of high tide

: the tide when the water is at its highest level

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: the tide when the water is at its greatest height

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