The definition of a spring tide is a flood or rising of water especially during a new or full moon.
An example of a spring tide is an rising of the ocean levels.
- a type of tide that occurs at the time of a new moon or full moon: at these times the high tides are higher and the low tides are lower than the corresponding tides during neap tide because of the gravitational effects of the straight-line alignment of the moon, earth, and sun
- any great flow, rush, or flood
- The exceptionally high and low tides that occur at the time of the new moon or the full moon when the sun, moon, and earth are approximately aligned.
- A great flood or rush, as of emotion.
Spring tides occur when the sun and moon are directly in line with the earth and their gravitational pulls reinforce each other.
(plural spring tides)