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spring·​tide ˈspriŋ-ˌtīd How to pronounce springtide (audio)

spring tide

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: a tide of greater-than-average range around the times of new moon and full moon

Examples of springtide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The alignment of the sun, moon, and Earth creates extremely low, low tides and super-high high tides, both commonly known as spring tides. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 19 Apr. 2023 Along the southern coast, safe harvesting with sufficiently high returns is only possible during low spring tides, when the sun and moon align, exerting their maximum gravitational force on the ebb and flow of the water. Curtis W. Marean, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2016 The yet-to-be-named, 600-square-mile iceberg broke away from the nearly 500-foot-thick Brunt Ice Shelf on Sunday during a particularly high tide known as a spring tide, according to a news release issued by the British Antarctic Survey. Dan Stillman, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Jan. 2023 The break happened Sunday during a spring tide, according to the researchers. Eric MacK, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 Built in the 1850s on a low-lying saltmarsh, Fairbourne already lies beneath sea level at high spring tide. Sylvia Hui, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Nov. 2021 The breakthrough came after intensive efforts to push and pull the ship with 10 tugboats and vacuum up sand with several dredgers at spring tide. Editors, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2021 The partial freeing of the vessel came after intensive efforts to push and pull the vessel with 10 tugboats when the full moon brought spring tide, canal services firm Leth Agencies said, raising the canal’s water level and hopes for a breakthrough. Isabel Debre and Samy Magdy, chicagotribune.com, 29 Mar. 2021 It was finally freed on March 29 when an unusually high spring tide helped the vessel’s release. Rory Jones, WSJ, 3 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1548, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of springtide was in 1548

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“Springtide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/springtide. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

spring tide

: a greater than usual tide that occurs at each new moon and full moon
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