spring tidespring tide
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
- A tide that occurs when the difference between high and low tide is greatest. Spring tides come twice a month, approximately at the full and new moon.
- 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)