slack water


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slack water

n.
1. A period of cessation in the strong flow of a current of water, especially at high or low tide.
2. An area in a sea or river unaffected by currents; still water.

slack water

n
(Physical Geography) the period of still water around the turn of the tide, esp at low tide

slack′ wa′ter


n.
1. a period when a body of water is between tides.
2. water that is free of currents.
[1760–70]

slack water

, slack tide - Before any turn of the tide, there is a time of slack water or slack tide.
See also related terms for tide.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slack water - a stretch of water without current or movement; "suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless"
stretch - a large and unbroken expanse or distance; "a stretch of highway"; "a stretch of clear water"
2.slack water - the occurrence of relatively still water at the turn of the (low) tide
tide - the periodic rise and fall of the sea level under the gravitational pull of the moon
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While waiting for slack water, in which to lift their heavy nets from the bed of the bay, the Chinese had all gone to sleep below.
Slack water had come, and, as the ebb was commencing, there was need for hurry if we cared to escape waiting half a day for the next tide.
It's ebb at half-arter three, slack water half an hour.
Why, we're going that way ourselves, inside an hour, as soon as slack water comes," he exclaimed.
Thus, like the tides on which it had been borne to the knowledge of men, the Harmon Murder--as it came to be popularly called--went up and down, and ebbed and flowed, now in the town, now in the country, now among palaces, now among hovels, now among lords and ladies and gentlefolks, now among labourers and hammerers and ballast-heavers, until at last, after a long interval of slack water it got out to sea and drifted away.
The fish usually held in two slack water spots near current on the downcurrent side of the bridge.
The occurrence of slack water at each observational transect line was, however, delayed by 0-5 h when comparing high and low waters.
The sunshine and a water temperature of 16C made for pleasant conditions but the 9 metre tide soon had swimmers heading up river before heading across towards Birkenhead Priory and the slack water before the tide turned and the six knot water flow pushed them towards the finishing point at Monks Ferry.
The river was well up but I wanted to test the rod, so I threw a very light Rapala into the slack water on the far side of the same pool.
These wind turbines could add to the power output of the barrage hydro turbines, especially during the periods of slack water at high and low water.
They have the advantage of being able to harvest power from both making and ebbing tides, only stopping at slack water, and if you spread the generators along the body of water, generation is happening either side of the slack water point as it moves up and down the estuary.
Targeting 6-10 feet of water, they were easily located through this tell-tale sign, and even at the downstream ends of islands or in other slack water out of the main current, they were holding in good numbers.