slack water


Definition of slack water

: the period at the turn of the tide when there is little or no horizontal motion of tidal water

called also slack tide

Examples of slack water in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead these particles are piling up where the Green, San Juan, Escalante, aptly named Dirty Devil and smaller Colorado tributaries hit Lake Powell’s slack water. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Mar. 2022 The river in the slack water above the Thiensville dam drops off to between 8 and 11 feet in depth and is about 270 feet wide. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 June 2021 These trees are remnants of ecosystems that flourished along these canyon bottoms before the dam gates closed and turned the wild Colorado River into a 186-mile-long stretch of slack water in the heart of Utah’s redrock desert. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 June 2021 From Pickwick Lake, high water has made many areas unfishable, but some anglers are connecting with catfish by drifting cut shad or skipjack just off the channels in slack water areas. Frank Sargeant, al, 21 Feb. 2020 The Columbia started to slow and broaden again, the slack water created by the 1957 Dalles Dam, which had buried the old Celilo Falls, a set of rapids where coho and Chinook had been caught with dip nets for thousands of years. Patrick Symmes, Harper's magazine, 28 Oct. 2019 The eight large dams along the Snake and Columbia rivers created 325 miles of slack water in reservoirs. Jim Robbins, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2019 Sarafin said silvers’ aggressiveness wanes in slack water and sunlight, with fish that would minutes earlier hit a spinner turning up their noses at even the most skillful presentation. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Aug. 2019 To make all this more manageable, ships the size of the T Roosevelt have only been cleared to enter Kill Van Kull within an hour of slack water, when the tidal stream is most calm. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of slack water

1764, in the meaning defined above

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