high tide


: the tide when the water is at its greatest elevation
: 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 If a storm arrives during a lunar high tide, the water level will be even higher. Javier Zarracina, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2023 The recognizable high tide line is recognizable by things like seaweed, shells, or other debris left by the tide. Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, 27 June 2023 Later, Isle of Palms police tweeted another video of unusually high tides washing up and over the width of the beach. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 31 Aug. 2023 In South Carolina, the storm coupled with already really high tides to send seawater flowing over sand dunes in nearly every beach town. Terry Spencer, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Aug. 2023 On Thursday morning, a major cleanup was underway in Charleston after Idalia churned up an epic storm surge — with high tide cresting at over 9 feet — that sent water cascading over the Battery seawall. Daniella Silva, NBC News, 31 Aug. 2023 And even on sunny days, parts of the town’s main access road, Fire Island Boulevard, flood at high tide, forcing maintenance trucks and emergency vehicles to ford a narrow swamp that was once a road. Liam Stack, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023 Voter participation dropped from roughly 85% at the high tide of Texas populism in 1896 to roughly 35% when the poll tax became effective in 1904. Jeffrey L. Littlejohn, Fortune, 19 June 2023 Already, some streets become impassable from flooding during high tide. Geoff Dembicki, The New Republic, 2 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of high tide was in 1546

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“High tide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20tide. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

high tide

: the tide when the water is at its greatest height
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