Definition of high tide in English:

high tide


  • 1The state of the tide when at its highest level.

    ‘at high tide you have to go inland’
    • ‘The country's coastline lies 1 to 1.5 meters below sea level at high tide, necessitating elaborate systems of drainage canals.’
    • ‘To the west of the breakwater the beach height and width has continued to reduce to such a level that at high tide the sea reaches the sea wall.’
    • ‘At Kew, there can be as little as three feet of water during low tide, while a high tide results in Hammersmith Bridge becoming almost impassable.’
    • ‘Some bodies of water, including parts of the Pacific Basin, have mixed tides, where a single low tide follows two high tides.’
    • ‘There was a little hill of sand that separated the lagoon from the ocean when it was low tide, and the two flowed together at high tide.’
    • ‘Cargo is transported from ship to shore at high tide.’
    • ‘The ‘Altmark’ was re-floated at high tide and continued to Germany - minus her prize.’
    • ‘These creatures migrate to the surface at low tide and burrow back down at high tide - a round-trip of less than eight inches.’
    • ‘At high tide all that remain of the rocks are tiny islands.’
    • ‘There's a phenomenal tide speed that goes past and at high tide it is 8ft above the level of the street for the majority of the Sutton area.’
    • ‘At high tide at sunrise and sunset the water runs into and fills the moon.’
    • ‘At high tide, the little bay looks deep and blue and can even develop some modest whitecaps.’
    • ‘Approach channels to the port currently have a draft of 11.6m at all tides, and 12.1m at high tide.’
    • ‘At high tide there was a bigger landing boat, which had come after all the small ones.’
    • ‘‘It was like low tide to high tide in a matter of seconds,’ he said.’
    • ‘At high tide, many mudskipper species take cover in their submerged burrows to avoid being attacked by predatory fish that cruise the shallows.’
    • ‘At low tide spelunk through caves and touch the base of giant rocks reaching up from the ocean floor; at high tide kayak around miniature islands.’
    • ‘As explained earlier, this section is fully tidal and as such alters in depth from low tide to high tide by an average of about 17 ft.’
    • ‘An experiment at Northwestern University in Chicago used oysters that normally opened up their shells at high tide each day.’
    • ‘Storm surge combined with high tides and runoff from rainfall took boaters by surprise as new high water marks were recorded.’
    1. 1.1 The highest point of something.
      ‘the high tide of nationalism’
      • ‘The first six months of 1942 marked the high tide of Axis victories in World War II.’
      • ‘Its incomparable architecture will forever stand as testimony to the high tide of Arab achievement.’
      • ‘In his first volume of The Age of Reagan, our friend Steve Hayward begins the story in 1964 at the high tide of liberalism.’
      • ‘The high tide of this influence would not come for nearly 1,500 years.’
      • ‘From this distance, though I hope I am wrong about this, his campaign seems quixotic, his footing insecure against the high tide of conservatism.’
      • ‘The Treaty of Paris marked the high tide of late nineteenth-century colonialism in the United States.’
      • ‘Historically, they point out that no Islamic society, even during the high tide of Islamic civilization, was governed exclusively according to Islamic law.’
      • ‘Some more of Nasha and the night floated on the high tide of music.’
      • ‘It seems like only yesterday I was succumbing to fashion's high tide and investing in low cut jeans, though I've never completed the look with a thong.’
      • ‘At this period of our life, he would say at the high tide of Victorianism, we need less harping on conscience and more appeals to critical intelligence.’
      • ‘First, Lone Star's defeat may well signal the high tide of Western vulture funds in Asia, and this is no bad thing.’
      • ‘The culmination of this period of high tide was the completion of the celebrated ‘The Night Watch’.’
      • ‘Louis also enjoyed great financial wealth, for this was the high tide of the medieval economy.’
      • ‘It was the high tide of American engagement with the Asian country.’
      • ‘The rest of the twenties were in many ways the high tide of the Federal Reserve System.’
      • ‘Today, we have the strategic science regime that was initiated during the high tide of neoliberalism in the late 1980s.’


high tide