from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A muddy low-lying strip of ground by the shore, or an island, usually submerged more or less completely by the rise of the tide.


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  • One day, on the mud-flat side of the Rock Wall, an Italian fishing boat hauled up on the sand dredged from the channel.


  • They think the hindrance a mud-flat at first but soon hear the sound of oarlocks, then two men in a boat shoot under their stern: foreign looking fellows with knitted tam-o'-shanters, bright woolen sashes, sea-boots, earrings, long knives β€” "For all the world they were like pirates stepped out of the pages of romance."

    β€œAnd must I. . .who am weary, travel always your trail until I die?”

  • A whitethroat flies out over the salt marsh from its grassed nesting bank on the most recent seawall, singing its dry ratchet song over the slippery green ooze; a redshank agitated by a marsh harrier towers inland over emerald wheat fields calling its bleak mud-flat alarm.

    A Year on the Wing

  • The flower, the ruined house behind us, the two wispy-haired children staring at us from a mud-flat across the river, everything receded.

    An Atlas of Impossible Longing

  • In the morning we delayed to eat again, having only six hours of march before us; and then pushed across the mud-flat to a plain of firm limestone rag, carpeted with brown, weather-blunted flint.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • We ran at speed over the smooth flint or mud-flat, letting the strong car throb itself fully: but luck was hostile.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • Then we crossed to the northern lobe of the mud-flat, a fit landing-ground for the aeroplanes which Siddons was adding to our flying column.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • He and I and Lewis, the only unburdened ones, went on in front across one huge mud-flat after another till just before sunset we were at the bottom of Wadi Rumm.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • Next day we ran quickly across the delta of Ghadaf till we were out on the immense mud-flat which stretched for seven miles, southward and eastward, from the marshes by the old castle of

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • The river was broadening, and so was the mud-flat shore.

    The Ringworld Throne


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