Lag of the tide

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lag of the tide the interval by which the time of high water falls behind the mean time, in the first and third quarters of the moon; -- opposed to priming of the tide, or the acceleration of the time of high water, in the second and fourth quarters; depending on the relative positions of the sun and moon.
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Usage

In literature:

It is never pleasant to be the bearer of ill tidings, and Peggy found herself lagging more than once in her journey.
"Peggy Owen Patriot" by Lucy Foster Madison
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In poetry:

the visors hanging o'er the ear
so that the golden anchors drag,
—the tides of fashion never lag.
Such caps may not be worn next year.
"Exchanging Hats" by Elizabeth Bishop

In science:

The theory of equilibrium tide, which assumes that the stellar tidal bulge, induced by its companion, lags at some angle after the orbital motion of the companion.
Observational Evidence for Tidal Interaction in Close Binary Systems
This coupling between the tide and the convection eddies determines the magnitude of the lag angle δ .
The New Transiting Planet OGLE-TR-56b: Orbit and Atmosphere
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