Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mark or line showing the height to which the tide or a flood has risen or usually rises; high-water mark.

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Examples

  • The north-western apex, raised about fifty feet above the present level of the waters, shows a little bay of pure sand, the detritus of its rocks, with a flood-mark fifteen feet high, whilst the opposite side bears

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Fifteen minutes of hard paddling landed us at Selele, a stony point between two sandy baylets: amongst the mass of angular boulders a tree again showed the highest flood-mark to be 13 feet.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • The bay, like that of St. Aubin, is defended by a regular line of martello towers, several of which are built far within flood-mark, on reefs that form part of the Violet Bank.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 396, October 31, 1829

  • Curiously enough, his inevitable returns of passion and interest, the always decreasing flood-mark, each time a line lower, did not deceive her, did not distract her.

    The Branding Iron

  • But I caught a crab, and, before we could get to them, they were washed past into the top of a tree that stood well below flood-mark.

    Children of the Bush

  • That this last precaution is not superfluous is shown by the iron flood-mark set into the wall of the Anitchkoff Palace, on the southern shore of the Fontanka, as on so many other public buildings in the city, with "1824" appended, -- the date of one celebrated and disastrous inundation which attained in some places the height of thirteen feet and seven inches.

    Russian Rambles

  • The famous "dry election" was at hand, in which the depths of public feeling might be measured by the low flood-mark of drink.

    Middlemarch: a study of provincial life (1900)

  • The famous "dry election" was at hand, in which the depths of public feeling might be measured by the low flood-mark of drink.

    Middlemarch

  • I found a small sloping, sandy, firm piece of ground, probably the only one in the glen, a little off from the creek, having some blood-wood or red gum-trees growing upon it, and above the reach of any flood-mark -- for it is necessary to be careful in selecting a site on a watercourse, as, otherwise, in a single instant everything might be swept to destruction.

    Australia Twice Traversed, Illustrated,

  • This was all the flood-mark that remained of the waters of verse with which he had at one time so plentifully inundated his soul.

    Sir Gibbie

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