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spring tide
Spring tides occur when the sun and moon are directly in line with the earth and their gravitational pulls reinforce each other.

spring tide

n.
1. A tide that occurs when the difference between high and low tide is greatest. Spring tides come twice a month, approximately at the full and new moon.
2. A great flood or rush, as of emotion.

spring tide

n
1. (Physical Geography) either of the two tides that occur at or just after new moon and full moon when the tide-generating force of the sun acts in the same direction as that of the moon, reinforcing it and causing the greatest rise and fall in tidal level. The highest spring tides (equinoctial springs) occur at the equinoxes. Compare neap tide
2. any great rush or flood

spring′ tide′


n.
the large rise and fall of the tide at or soon after the new or the full moon.
[1520–30]

spring tide

A tide in which the difference between high and low tide is the greatest. Spring tides occur when the moon is either new or full, and the sun, the moon, and the Earth are aligned. When this is the case, their collective gravitational pull on the Earth's water is strengthened. Compare neap tide. See more at tide.
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Probably she drew too much water to cross the bar except at the top of spring tides. Therefore she went into that natural harbor to wait for a few days in preference to remaining in an open roadstead.
So that if these three wheels go, wealth will flow as in a spring tide. And it cometh many times to pass, that materiam superabit opus; that the work and carriage is more worth than the material, and enricheth a state more; as is notably seen in the Low-Countrymen, who have the best mines above ground, in the world.
Michael Turnbull had been drinking and took drugs, which may have made him less aware of the bitterly cold spring tides.
But after high spring tides last month, locals found that the Atlantic Ocean had returned the sand.
Some show regular tidal connections with Santa Rosa Sound to the north of the island, while others are flooded only on the highest spring tides. These pools support an assemblage of fish adapted to the highly variable environmental conditions that may occur there.
An spokesman said: "These are spring tides, and higher due to the moon's 18-year cycle.
This was because spring tides had reached the peak of an 18-and-a-half year cycle.
SEPA's Vincent Fitzsimons said: "Some unusually high spring tides will occur over the next few days.
"On Sunday and Monday a combination of high spring tides and strong westerly winds bring a risk of large waves and spray and possible flooding to the South West coast of England and along the Severn Estuary.
We are just a few days away before the first spring tides start to occur.
Previous analyses of eddy flux data in coastal wetlands revealed that tidal inundation significantly suppressed ecosystem respiration in spring tides comparing to neap tides [18, 19].
But an even rarer configuration occurs when perigean spring tides occur near the time of year (early January) when Earth is at perihelion, its closest approach to the Sun, when the solar tide-raising force is also greatest.