Last modified on 16 August 2013, at 04:14

flood tide



flood tide (plural flood tides)

  1. the period between low tide and the next high tide in which the sea is rising
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 16
      Going forward and glancing over the weather bow, I perceived that the ship swinging to her anchor with the flood-tide, was now obliquely pointing towards the open ocean.
  2. (by extension) the highest point of something; a climax
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 1/2, The Younger Set[1]:
      It was flood-tide along Fifth Avenue ; motor, brougham, and victoria swept by on the glittering current ; pretty women glanced out from limousine and tonneau ; young men of his own type, silk-hatted, frock-coated, the crooks of their walking sticks tucked up under their left arms, passed on the Park side.