slack water

noun

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

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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, "New York to Welcome Supersize Cargo Ship Into its Waters," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of slack water

1764, in the meaning defined above

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