from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The lowest level of water in a body of water, such as a river, lake, or reservoir.
  • n. See low tide.

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  • n. The location of low tide on a coastal area.
  • n. The lowest stage of a river.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. The condition of an insufficient quantity of water in the boiler.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the lowest (farthest) ebb of the tide


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  • The day that France takes possession of N. Orleans fixes the sentence which is to restrain her forever within her low water mark.


  • Ye mouth of ye river by reason of ye Sands and Rocks is a gate to ye River; this I ferry'd over and was an hour and halfe in ye passage, its of great breadth and at low water is so deep and salt as ye sea almost, tho 'it does not Cast so green a hew on ye water as ye sea, but else the waves toss and ye Rocks grate all round it and is as dangerous as ye sea.

    Through England on a Side Saddle in the Time of William and Mary

  • I had the biggest magazine of all kinds now that ever was laid up, I believe, for one man: but I was not satisfied still, for while the ship sat upright in that posture, I thought I ought to get everything out of her that I could; so every day at low water I went on board, and brought away something or other; but particularly the third time I went I brought away as much of the rigging as I could, as also all the small ropes and rope-twine I could get, with a piece of spare canvas, which was to mend the sails upon occasion, and the barrel of wet gunpowder.

    Robinson Crusoe


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