from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Half the duration of a single tide; the state of the tide when it is half-way between ebb and flood.
  • Half covered by the tide; washed by the waves: as, wet as a half-tide rock: also applied to a low-built vessel over which waves are likely to break.


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  • And it must be remembered that the cliff exhibits an intensifying feature which some of those are without — sheer perpendicularity from the half-tide level.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • At low tide there were acres of mud with screeching gulls scavenging; and at high tide steamerfuls of tourists charging past - with or without thumping music - for a quick trip up through the half-tide lock at Richmond into deeper waters above.

    Second Wind

  • The boats put off about half-an-hour before midnight; but, owing to the darkness, and tide and half-tide, which must always make night attacks so uncertain on the coasts of the Channel, the divisions separated.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • When they were perfect in the relatively simple technique that was necessary, a date was set for the operation when there would be half-tide in the entrance channel at one o'clock in the morning and no moon.

    The Breaking Wave

  • It was at half-tide, and we experienced no difficulty in entering.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 30, April, 1860

  • At half-tide on the following morning we crossed the bar, carrying no less than three and a half fathoms, and entered the beautiful river of Morotaba, which we ran up for the first fifteen miles under all sail, with a fresh, leading breeze.

    The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido For the Suppression of Piracy

  • The timbers of the Golden Island opened with the crash, and she filled, and never lifted or thumped, but lay swept by each billow, like a rock at half-tide, immovable by reason of her heavy cargo.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

  • The river rose rapidly after half-tide, and it had reached full height by the time the fresh plugs were ready and the wire and short lines prepared.

    Gold Out of Celebes

  • For the first twenty-five yards its progress was unhindered; then a half-tide ledge barred its way.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman or Making Good

  • Crew thought at first they'd reached safety, but they soon found it was only a half-tide ledge.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman or Making Good


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