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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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 This is the system that’s sending large surf toward the beaches that will combine with high tides for coastal flooding in low areas. OregonLive.com, "Portland metro Thursday weather: Coastal flood warning for high seas and inundating waves," 18 Jan. 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 The 1972 California Coastal Zone Conservation Initiative made the entire coast, including all beach property below the mean high tide line, public property. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Fight brewing over Privates Beach in Santa Cruz County, which charges $100 yearly fee," 12 July 2018 Waters within the 100-year floodplain or within 4,000 feet of the high tide line would be treated similarly under the Obama approach. Ariel Wittenberg, Science | AAAS, "Obama’s wetlands protection rule put ‘too much emphasis’ on science, Trump officials argue," 5 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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: the tide when the water is at its greatest height

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