Definition of flood tide in US English:

flood tide


  • 1An incoming tide.

    • ‘The flood tide reworks underlying deposits, which are deposited as the tidal flow wanes, creating a thin muddy sandstone lamina that is almost always thinner than the sandstone lamina deposited by the ebb current.’
    • ‘On the outward downwind leg, against the flood tide, he covered the two miles in ‘half a quarter of one hour’, an impressive speed of sixteen knots.’
    • ‘A similar dive plan can accommodate the current on the flood tide, dropping in to the south-east of the wreck and following the now-sheltered port side back from the stern.’
    • ‘It had been dead low water when they crossed to the island; by the time Bahzell reached the mainland once more, the flood tide was sending hissing waves high up the beach.’
    • ‘Cowtails individually enter the flats on the flood tide to rest for a minimum of 4 h, leaving on the ebb tide, singly as well, presumably to feed.’
    • ‘On the flood tide it belongs to the sea; on the ebb it is claimed back by the land.’
    • ‘Riding a flood tide at night on this last journey, enough of them make it past the predatory fish to start the cycle anew.’
    • ‘Sampling began at the 10-km station during the final hour of the flood tide and was completed 2 h into the ebbing tide.’
    • ‘For example, in some estuaries the ebb tide is often strongest within the central channel, whereas the flood tide is stronger along the shoreline.’
    • ‘Sometimes, like a river at flood tide, a presidential campaign washes away tradition and flows in a completely new direction.’
    • ‘The jacks are quiet at Brunswick but bream and whiting are in healthy sizes throughout on a flood tide.’
    • ‘We were facing the flood tide from the south, watching for action out in the blue and knowing that we had a contrary current waiting at our backs - waiting to hurl us, up or down, but certainly out into the wide open space of the Pacific Ocean.’
    • ‘Cold water forced over warm water on the flood tide creates enhanced vertical mixing and resuspension of sinking particles higher into the water column.’
    • ‘Tope can be in the surf table as soon as a new tide starts to flood, but it's far more likely they'll appear during the mid flood tide period and stay until just before high water when they'll disappear.’
    • ‘Hairy crabs would be attracted by the light and crawl upwards during the flood tide, where they would be trapped after the ebb.’
    • ‘During a flood tide, turbulent overfalls with strong up-and-down currents form at the north end.’
    • ‘When the flood tide first begins, the river's at its lowest ebb, revealing high mud banks on either side.’
    • ‘However, it is considered that naturally occurring turbidity elevations, induced by the flood tide, have a more significant and long-term effect than periodic increased levels caused by dredging.’
    • ‘When the waters appear murky it is best to dive on the flood tide, which will push some of the brackish water upriver and often produces better visibility under a surface layer of 2-3m.’
    • ‘They are likely to feed right throughout the flood tide and probably for an hour on the ebb, then disappear.’
    1. 1.1 A powerful surge or flow of something.
      ‘the trickle of tourists has become a flood tide’
      • ‘The Justice Department says it's overwhelmed by what it calls a flood tide of immigration cases.’
      • ‘With water spraying and alarms blaring, he keeps his cool and employs a bandage to stem the flood tide into the wet trainer compartment.’
      • ‘Pacificism grew during the 1920s, reaching a flood tide in the twelve years after the war.’
      • ‘In the flood tide of official rhetoric, the Prime Minister's contribution still stands out.’
      • ‘Seldom is a poem a flood tide; the composition of a poem is a process of accumulation that is as much about interruption as it is about the continuity or collection of sounds.’
      • ‘If this is to happen, it will pose fundamental questions about journalism and its diminishing ability to keep its head above the flood tide of propaganda when war begins.’
      • ‘Once the sole province of royalty and the nobility, portraiture began moving into lower social strata in concert with wealth, and as buying power increasingly spread beyond simple circles of inheritance, the trend became a flood tide.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the flood tide of your kind, kind interest has rendered me unable to respond to each email as I would like, or even to devote sufficient time to assessing the many opportunities you have offered me.’
      • ‘Since the 1960s, there has been a veritable flood tide of literature pertaining to parental adjustment to a child with a disability.’
      • ‘But the flood tide of Axis tyranny was about to turn.’
      • ‘The flood tide of Saxon domination of England is shortly to turn and ebb with the Norman invasion.’
      • ‘Now necessity is doing the besieging, the claiming of territory, the betraying of promises, and the fearing of a flood tide of the people returning.’


flood tide

/ˈfləd ˈˌtaɪd//ˈfləd ˈˌtīd/