high tide

noun

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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Werner said about 200 people showed up to help, and groups of a dozen per whale lifted the animals into the sea Tuesday morning and refloated them on the high tide. Nick Perry, The Seattle Times, "6 whales refloated after stranding on New Zealand beach," 28 Nov. 2018 The National Weather Service says there also is a chance of spotty minor coastal flooding with Wednesday night’s high tide. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Increased risk of rip currents at the Shore," 11 July 2018 Conditions were worse by a few inches during last night's high tide. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Hurricane Florence catastrophic flooding, rescues, and deaths: what we know," 14 Sep. 2018 When Florence started battering eastern North Carolina with record rainfall, the rivers began to swell — and combined with high tide, made for dangerous flooding. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "New Bern rescues continue amid Florence floodwaters in NC," 15 Sep. 2018 And the surges are added feet of water on top of high tide. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Hurricane Florence catastrophic flooding, rescues, and deaths: what we know," 14 Sep. 2018 Meteorologist Greg Diamond has noted that areas along the coast of North Carolina on the right side of the storm could experience a significant storm surge through multiple high tide cycles, which would have a cumulative battering effect. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Florence is now “only” a Category 2 hurricane. That won’t matter much," 13 Sep. 2018 The multiple high tide cycles could also cause severe beach erosion, compromising protective dunes and seawalls in some areas, the weather service said. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "If the government won’t help fight climate change, the finance world will," 1 Mar. 2018 The Weather Service office serving southern New England cautioned: The potential exists for significant coastal flooding/beach erosion over several high tide cycles late this week, particularly along the eastern MA coast. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Nor’easter may bring heavy rain, wind and coastal flooding Friday from Maryland to Massachusetts," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of high tide

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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high tide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of high tide

: the tide when the water is at its highest level

high tide

noun

Kids Definition of high tide

: the tide when the water is at its greatest height

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