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.
Recent Examples on the Web Much of my work is focused on red knots – stubby sandpipers that feed on muddy flats that are uncovered during low tide in many estuaries. Julián García Walther, The Conversation, "Scientist at work: Tracking the epic journeys of migratory birds in northwest Mexico," 3 Mar. 2021 At low tide, the water recedes to reveal pools teeming with sea urchins and sea stars, while winter brings migrating Pacific gray whales breaching just offshore. Mona Schwartz, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Weekend Guide: Mexican Heritage, Microbreweries, and Marine Life in San Diego," 23 Mar. 2021 As at San Onofre, this 2,000-acre reserve’s trails cover crumbling cliffs and a long beach, best enjoyed at low tide. Los Angeles Times, "Five Southern California trails that take you to the edge of the ocean," 13 Mar. 2021 Tourists are also urged to only make the trek during low tide to avoid slipping on the rocks or being pummeled by waves. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, "There Are Pink 'Cotton Candy Caves' in Australia — and They're Absolutely Stunning," 10 Mar. 2021 Hug Point is a popular recreation site near Cannon Beach, known for its sea caves, beaches, a seasonal waterfall and an old stagecoach road carved into rock, most of which is accessible only at low tide. oregonlive, "Hiker rescued after 100-foot fall on Oregon coast," 6 Mar. 2021 Romance, fun and demonstrations of affection might be at low tide, so don’t feel pressured to participate in social activities. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 2, 2021: Taurus, don’t be pressured into social gatherings; Gemini, seal the deal," 2 Mar. 2021 In San Francisco, low tide is expected at 5:22 p.m. Sunday and 6:11 p.m. Monday, at just 1.32 feet and 1.44 feet, respectively, weather officials said. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco to see nearly 7 foot king tides Sunday and Monday," 14 Nov. 2020 The park is also home to one of the largest coral formations on the Pacific side of Central America, and offers good snorkeling, especially at low tide. Kathryn Sarkis, USA TODAY, "Thinking about your first post-pandemic family trip? Here's how to plan a Costa Rican adventure," 17 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of low tide

1539, in the meaning defined above

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12 Apr 2021

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“Low tide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low%20tide. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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