low tide


Definition of low tide 

: the farthest ebb of the tide

Examples of low tide in a Sentence

You can walk across the sand bar at low tide.

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Shellfish arrive on a bed of seaweed that smells like low tide. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 This unique event happens during the highest tides of the month, allowing eggs to incubate during lower tides, undisturbed by wave action. Ernie Cowan Outdoors, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Annual spring ritual of grunion arriving on beaches," 28 Apr. 2018 The northernmost sloping section is landscaped to replicate a reef crest, which is the highest point in a reef and can be exposed during low tide. Martina Schimitschek, sandiegouniontribune.com, "At Scripps, a seascape landscape," 5 July 2018 The SS Monte Carlo occasionally makes an appearance during very low tides, and its concrete hull was exposed again on Saturday January 30 to the delight of beach-goers in the area. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Unusual Weather Reveals Wreck of Prohibition-Era Booze Cruise," 2 Feb. 2016 Sailing’s high, low tides Boating was once so popular in Chicago that people were willing to resort to bribery to get a choice spot — or any spot — along Lake Michigan. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Where have the boats gone from Monroe Harbor, rest of Chicago lakefront?," 5 July 2018 Some years at low tide, the entrance can be as shallow as 10 feet or less before dredging begins, boaters have said. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sand buildup at Oceanside harbor beginning to cause problems for boats," 24 June 2018 The best time to shell is an hour before and an hour after low tide, especially after strong winds or storms. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Seashell Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 21 June 2018 The depth of the beach is like 100 yards at low tide. Avril Graham, Town & Country, "Tom Brady on the Hobby He Doesn't Have Time For and Why Gisele Has Trouble Watching Him Play Football," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of low tide

1539, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of low tide

: the tide when the water is at its lowest point

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