slack water

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n slack water the occurrence of relatively still water at the turn of the (low) tide
    • n slack water a stretch of water without current or movement "suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Slack water the time when the tide runs slowly, or the water is at rest; or the interval between the flux and reflux of the tide.
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Usage

In literature:

Even if it was slack water they would.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
HARVEY (coughing slightly): Well, General, if you ask me, I fancy you had too much slack on the water.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
They are then put into vats containing slack lime-water, which loosens the hair and kills the animal life remaining in the skin.
"The Building of a Book" by Various
Here we used to remain until nearly time for slack water again, when we weighed and made for home.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8" by Charles H. Sylvester
Ruth, let us get the net and put it right across the creek as soon as it is slack water.
"Rídan The Devil And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
It was a very different business from the navigation in the slack waters of the bayous.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
When the fire slacked, we could hear their cries for water.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
It's ebb at half-arter three, slack water half an hour.
"Moon Lore" by Timothy Harley
But soon the long reach of slack water was passed.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
It's slack water now.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
They rested, drifting slowly across the slack water.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
It had no eddies, no slack water.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
It was low-water slack.
"Tales of the Fish Patrol" by Jack London
Pressed down level with the water, it was already bending like a slackly-strung bow.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
Every night the river falls from three to six inches, and there are long stretches of slack-water.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
It'll be slack water pretty soon.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
When the train was passing the water tank, they slacked up the speed, and we all jumped off and struck for the woods.
"Mississippi Outlaws and the Detectives" by Allan Pinkerton
At slack water the wind fell, and as the weather became fine, I was induced to search for anchorage near the south shore.
"Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836" by Robert FitzRoy
They had been amusing themselves by tacking lazily about in the slack water.
"Red Rowans" by Flora Annie Steel
Devil of a current runs through the channel hereabouts ... pull you through them at slack water.
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace
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In poetry:

And while the shells shrieked around, and their fragments did scatter,
She was serving the men at the guns with wine and water;
And while the shot whistled around, her courage wasn't slack,
Because to the soldiers she carried sand-bags on her back.
"A Humble Heroine" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Fierce opposing current, fair tides, slack water.
In this water ski how to, learn three keys to eliminating slack in the rope for a smoother slalom run.
The Slack Tide, as most surfers and fisherman know, is the time between high and low tide when the water is completely calm.
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