low tide

noun

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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Time your visit to the hour before or after low tide to explore the beach’s tide pools, teeming with starfish, mollusks and hermit crabs. Rico Gagliano, WSJ, "3 Quick Escapes From Los Angeles," 1 Aug. 2018 Bailey noted that there was recently a low tide, with a good amount of current that can bring in floating objects. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Unexploded ‘device’ floating near Brownsville Marina – described as a mine – detonated by Navy," 28 Aug. 2018 Mack was released Sunday at 5:15 p.m. during low tide when there was plenty of space on the beach, said Karen Provazza, director of marketing at SSC Marine Mammal Rescue. Abigail Feldman, BostonGlobe.com, "Nearly 1,000 people watch young seal found on Hampton Beach return to the wild," 19 Mar. 2018 This reporter, Ben Raines, used the abnormally low tides to search for the ship after researching possible locations. Ben Raines, AL.com, "Wreck found by reporter may be last American slave ship, archaeologists say," 23 Jan. 2018 Expect the lowest tides of the year today and through the weekend. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 12," 11 Jan. 2018 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

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1539, in the meaning defined above

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low tide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of low tide

: the tide when the water is at its lowest point

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