Definition of low tide in US English:

low tide


  • The state of the tide when at its lowest level.

    ‘islets visible at low tide’
    • ‘And some state-maintained channels are down to only a few feet at low tide.’
    • ‘It gives the boat ramp its slimy texture at low tide.’
    • ‘I've been to mud flats where there's a six-foot difference between high tide and low tide.’
    • ‘If I asked you what makes the tides, I might expect you to tell me the moon, but could you explain why there are 2 high tides and 2 low tides a day even though the moon only circles once a day?’
    • ‘As the moon orbits the spinning earth, there is a cycle of two high tides and two low tides about every 25 hours.’
    • ‘We get very high tides and very low tides every month and the seasons here never get over ninety degrees.’
    • ‘Larger fish feeding in the area at high tide or shorebirds feeding at low tide may be significant predators.’
    • ‘‘It was like low tide to high tide in a matter of seconds,’ he said.’
    • ‘The delay this caused was later blamed for the ship's arrival at low tide in Conwy Bay - a bay which at low tide is mostly sands, with only a narrow navigation channel.’
    • ‘At low tide the river level can be 15 feet or more lower than at high tide.’
    • ‘Every 12 hours the water level oscillates between high tide and low tide, but the pattern of tidal waves is surprisingly complex.’
    • ‘Trekking at the Carrowholly Centre was the main activity featured and the scenes of riders trekking through the water between high tide and low tide was breath-taking.’
    • ‘In reality, vessels there encounter depths as low as six or seven feet at low tide.’
    • ‘These creatures migrate to the surface at low tide and burrow back down at high tide - a round-trip of less than eight inches.’
    • ‘The multi-million pound project would keep high-water river levels, even at low tide.’
    • ‘At high tide it is fully submerged, but at low tide the tip of the ceiling is just dry and can be seen from a boat.’
    • ‘This means a body of water with semi-diurnal tides, like the Atlantic Ocean, will have two high tides and two low tides in one day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another example is the Kei River which might not have the same exposed sandbars at low tide but is so shallow that the ferry cannot operate at spring low tide.’


low tide

/ˈˌloʊ ˈtaɪd//ˈˌlō ˈtīd/