from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mark indicating the highest level reached by a body of water.
- n. The highest point, as of achievement; the apex.
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- n. A mark, such as a line of seaweed, showing the highest level reached by a body of water.
- n. The peak or apex of something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. A mark showing the highest level reached by water in a river or other body of fresh water, as in time of freshet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a line marking the highest level reached
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I have still one great consolation here, and that is the rage and fury of the sqireens at the poor rates; six and sixpence in the pound with an estate mortgaged right up to high-water mark and the year's income anticipated is not the very most delightful prospect possible.
It is the high-water mark of all Church music after the polyphonists.
Much of the product of this time has perished, and even of York Abbey, which seems to represented the high-water mark of pure English design, nothing remains except a shattered aisle wall, a crossing pier, and a few piles of marble fragments.
Bock's objective was the elimination of the "Lozovaya pocket," a salient which represented the high-water mark of the Red Army's advance during the winter, and which protruded into the German front to the southwest of the Donetz, at Izyum.
The morning of November 4 was the high-water mark for Keyes’s mission to London and for his plan to rush the Straits.
His friends regarded his philippic against George W. Curtis at the Republican State convention at Rochester as the high-water mark of his oratory.