Definition of king tide in English:

king tide


NZ, Australian
  • A tide just after a new or full moon, when there is greatest difference between high and low water; a spring tide.

    ‘the causeway tends to flood during king tides’
    • ‘The prime minister of Tuvalu blamed global warming for king tides that are threatening to submerge the nine islands.’
    • ‘Heavy rain and king tides meant many beaches were contaminated with wastewater runoff.’
    • ‘It's an hour before the peak of the king tide and the flood is intimidating but by no means terminal.’
    • ‘We are seeing king tides across the region flooding islands.’
    • ‘Severe storms and king tides have combined to push the sea line at Bryon Bay back by 20 yards in some places.’