spring tide
noun Date: circa 1548 a tide of greater-than-average range around the times of new moon and full moon

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Spring tide — Spring Spring, n. [AS. spring a fountain, a leap. See {Spring}, v. i.] 1. A leap; a bound; a jump. [1913 Webster] The prisoner, with a spring, from prison broke. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spring tide — Tide Tide, n. [AS. t[=i]d time; akin to OS. & OFries. t[=i]d, D. tijd, G. zeit, OHG. z[=i]t, Icel. t[=i]?, Sw. & Dan. tid, and probably to Skr. aditi unlimited, endless, where a is a negative prefix. [root]58. Cf. {Tidings}, {Tidy}, {Till}, prep …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spring|tide — «SPRIHNG TYD», noun. = springtime. (Cf. ↑springtime) spring tide, 1. the exceptionally high and low tides which come at the time of the new moon or the full moon, especially the highest level of high tide: »Approximately twice monthly the sun,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spring tide — spring tides N COUNT A spring tide is an unusually high tide that happens at the time of a new moon or a full moon …   English dictionary

  • spring tide — n. 1. 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… …   English World dictionary

  • spring tide — n a large rise and fall in the level of the sea at the time of the ↑new moon and the ↑full moon →↑neap tide …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spring tide — spring′ tide′ n. mer the large rise and fall of the tide at or soon after the new or the full moon • Etymology: 1520–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • spring tide — ► NOUN ▪ a tide just after a new or full moon, when there is the greatest difference between high and low water …   English terms dictionary

  • spring tide — noun count a time when there is a big difference between the highest and lowest levels of the ocean …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spring tide — 1. the large rise and fall of the tide at or soon after the new or the full moon. See diag. under tide1. 2. any great flood or swelling rush: a spring tide of compliments. [1520 30] * * * ▪ physics       tide of maximal range, near the time of… …   Universalium

  • spring tide — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms spring tide : singular spring tide plural spring tides a time when there is a big difference between the highest and lowest levels of the sea …   English dictionary

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