Definition of low-water mark in English:

low-water mark


  • 1The lowest level reached by the sea at low tide, or by a lake or river during a drought or dry season.

    • ‘The vessel was sunk in the middle of the river below the low-water mark.’
    • ‘Below the low-water mark, the pebbles become larger and kelp-covered.’
    • ‘Bedding dips gently to the east near the low-water mark and becomes steeper, eventually vertical and overturned near the bounding fault at the high-water mark.’
    • ‘He said these were susceptible to a problem called ‘accelerated low-water corrosion’ which was corrosion around the low-water mark which could now be reinforced.’
    • ‘The terrestrial boundary used, 3 km inland from the low-water mark, was sufficient to capture the majority of resource uses and concerns.’
    • ‘His intended mode of fishing is using two trawls pulled by a tractor along the low-water mark, which is where the shrimp are to be found.’
    • ‘We have to protect that strip of land that is from the high-water mark to the low-water mark.’
    • ‘Located between the high- and low-water marks on the shore of the Shannon Estuary, it features a large tower built towards the end of the 15th century by the O'Connors of Kerry.’
    • ‘I have not got jurisdiction on this case because there is not a body and my district terminates on the low-water mark.’
    • ‘Bury it in the sand at the low-water mark, if you like.’
    • ‘It extends from the low-water mark eastward along the Queensland coast, to a point beyond the continental shelf.’
    1. 1.1A minimum recorded level or value.
      ‘the market was approaching its low-water mark’
      • ‘That last sentence must rank as one of the low-water marks of contemporary journalism.’
      • ‘This model must be the low-water mark for their designers.’
      • ‘On July 19, the Yankees reached a low-water mark when they fell 14 games back of the Red Sox.’
      • ‘It was certainly the high-water mark or the low-water mark depending on your point of view.’
      rock bottom, the bottom, the lowest point, the all-time low, as low as one can get, low-water mark, the depths, the nadir
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