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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A few weeks later, in the second stage of that year’s Tour, which Armstrong would eventually win, Vaughters crashed hard along with 50 other riders on the Passage du Gois, a cobblestone road that is submerged at high tide. Bill Gifford, Outside Online, "Jonathan Vaughters Goes Deep into Cycling’s Dirty Past," 24 July 2019 If surges hit at high tide, water levels may rise 3 to 5 feet, the agency said. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Gulf of Mexico States Brace for Potential Hurricane," 10 July 2019 At high tide, the water rushes so fast upstream, rapids are created. Walter Nicklin, Washington Post, "For a real taste of Midcoast Maine as it was — and should be — head to Damariscotta," 27 June 2019 For now, the biggest ships can approach Conley only at high tide. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Business is booming in Boston’s industrial port," 13 June 2019 Florida cities like Miami are also seeing year-round flooding at high tide as sea levels rise. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Florida Democrat attacked for taking “dirty coal money” defeats Carlos Curbelo," 7 Nov. 2018 With three runways, inaccessible at high tide, Barra has just three flights per day, but still with about 10,000 passengers per year. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "This Visualization Shows Just How Busy the World's Biggest Airports Are," 20 Sep. 2018 The road is completely submerged at high tide, sometimes stranding tourists or clam-diggers who come looking for dinner when the waters have receded. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Small Island Where the Tour de France Begins Is Actually a Vacationer's Paradise," 3 July 2018 The pier ends with a north wing of 180 feet and a south wing of 360 feet, bot resting in water 26 feet deep at high tide. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 2, 1966: Ocean Beach Pier Dedicated," 2 July 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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Kids Definition of high tide

: the tide when the water is at its greatest height

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