high-water mark


Definition of high-water mark

: highest point : peak

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Recent Examples on the Web That’s a 35-percent increase over what’s believed to be the previous high-water mark of the 600Mpps DDoS that Roland Dobbins, principal engineer at competing mitigation service Netscout Arbor, said his company handled. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Two record DDoSes disclosed this week underscore their growing menace," 25 June 2020 The high-water mark for a Kentucky primary election came in 2008, when 922,456 residents voted. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "While national voices claim 'voter suppression,' Kentucky on pace for record voter turnout," 22 June 2020 The state of South Carolina set a high-water mark for coronavirus cases in a single day, identifying 1,081 on Friday. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "23 Clemson football players test positive for COVID-19," 19 June 2020 Such drastic reductions have prompted some analysts to predict that 2019 would serve as a high-water mark for the world’s output of carbon dioxide (Climatewire, June 1). Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Carbon Levels Surge Again as Countries Emerge from Lockdown," 16 June 2020 The Battle of the Park Blocks had ended up being the high-water mark of the Portland protest season after all. oregonlive, "Battle of the Park Blocks at 50: How a shocking burst of violence defined Portland -- and panicked Nixon’s White House," 4 May 2020 The high-water mark of $10,090,446 in sales also means that $1,675,014 in revenues from a 10% excise tax and 6% sales tax flowed into state coffers. USA TODAY, "Retiring 102-year-old, Mississippi’s bad dam, snowplow strike: News from around our 50 states," 16 Jan. 2020 Still, the nine-figure transaction was among the highest prices ever paid for a home in the United States and a new high-water mark for California. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles’ biggest home sales of 2019 hit the $150-million mark," 1 Jan. 2020 The wood building is built facing the river, upon piles driven into the ground below high-water mark. Scientific American, "Slaughterhouse Designed to Dump Waste into River," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of high-water mark

1691, in the meaning defined above

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“High-water mark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-water%20mark. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of high-water mark

: the time when something is most active, successful, etc.
: the highest level that water from a river, ocean, etc., reaches especially during a flood

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