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

  • n. The exceptionally high and low tides that occur at the time of the new moon or the full moon when the sun, moon, and earth are approximately aligned.
  • n. A great flood or rush, as of emotion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The tide which occurs when the moon is new or full; the effects of the Sun and moon being reinforced this type of tide is of maximum range.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the tide which happens at, or soon after, the new and the full moon, and which rises higher than common tides.


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