American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Low-lying muddy land that is covered at high tide and exposed at low tide.
- n. a tract of low muddy land near an estuary; covered at high tide and exposed at low tide
“Erected on a low, reedy mud flat called Mud Island a few miles below Philadelphia, the fort was surrounded by dikes and fortified with batteries that, wrote a defender, “were nothing more than old spars and timber laid up in parallel lines and filled between with mud and dirt.””
“He went ashore with the British naval brigade to capture the Taku forts and, under heavy fire, led a company of British, German, and Japanese sailors across a sunbaked mud flat to storm the west gate of a fort.”
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