- the highest level to which the tide rises; high water
- the time when the tide is at this level
- any culminating point or time
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- a. The tide at its fullest, when the water reaches its highest level.b. The time at which this tide occurs. Also called high water .
- A point of culmination; a climax.
- The tide when it is at its highest level at a particular time and place. The highest tides reached under normal meteorological conditions (the spring tides) take place when the Moon and Sun are directly aligned with respect to Earth. High tides are less extreme (the neap tides) when the Moon and Sun are at right angles. Storms and other meteorological conditions can greatly affect the height of the tides as well.
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- The time at which a high tide occurs.
(plural high tides)
- At high-tide, accordingly, the town presents a very attractive appearance, but at low-tide, when the mud banks are exposed, it seems dirty and repulsive, and the noxious exhalations are extremely trying.