from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The incoming or rising tide, occurring between the time when the tide is lowest and the time when the following tide is highest.
  • noun A large or increasing amount.
  • noun The peak or climax.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The rising tide. See flood, n., 4, and tide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the period between low tide and the next high tide in which the sea is rising
  • noun by extension the highest point of something; a climax

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

  • noun the occurrence of incoming water (between a low tide and the following high tide)
  • noun the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding


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