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.
Recent Examples on the Web The highest water levels will occur at times of high tide through Wednesday, which across the region is generally late this morning and again either late Wednesday morning or early Wednesday afternoon. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Western Fires and a Gulf Coast Hurricane, But No Weather Drama Here," 15 Sep. 2020 At high tide, the water is already at an elevated height. Anthony C. Didlake Jr., The Conversation, "What is a hurricane storm surge, and why is it so dangerous?," 14 Sep. 2020 More than 6,000 have been mapped, and then there are the countless fluer, rock formations that become submerged and perilous at high tide. F. Salazar, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Norwegian Island Claims to be the Fabled Land of Thule," 8 Sep. 2020 Surf in the region was estimated by Surfline at 2 to 3 feet with high tide at 2:28 p.m. NBC News, "Three dead after being swept off rocks, into sea in Southern California," 26 June 2020 And this storm could arrive during high tide, which might add a bit to the surge. Matt Simon, Wired, "Why Hurricane Laura's Storm Surge Could Be 'Unsurvivable'," 26 Aug. 2020 The storm surge, combined with high tide cycles and large destructive waves crashing on shore, will lead to exceptionally dangerous conditions along the coast. NBC News, "Laura strengthens to hurricane as it barrels toward Gulf Coast with possible life-threatening storm surge," 25 Aug. 2020 The researchers say this suggests the water inside of the structures did not circulate much, and that the walls were tall enough not to get flooded by high tide. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Ancient Florida, the Calusa Built an Empire Out of Shells and Fish," 2 Apr. 2020 The highest storm surge along the coast will be near and to the east of where landfall occurs, where if the peak surge occurs at high tide a surge of 10-15 feet will be possible along the Louisiana and far southeastern Texas coast. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "(Update) Slight Severe Risk Today - "Laura" Now a Major Category 3 Hurricane," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of high tide

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“High tide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20tide. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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Kids Definition of high tide

: the tide when the water is at its greatest height

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