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TIDE. The ebb and flow of the sea.
     2. Arms of the sea, bays, creeks, coves, or rivers, where the tide ebbs and flows, are public, and all persons may use the same for the purposes of navigation and for fishing, unless restrained by law. To give these rights at common law, the tide must ebb and flow: the flowing of the waters of a lake into a river, and their reflowing, being not the flux and reflux of the tides, but mere occasional and rare instances of a swell in the lake, and a setting up of the waters into the river, and the subsiding of such swells, is not to be considered an ebb and flow of the tide, so as to constitute a river technically navigable. 20 John. R. 98. See 17 John. R. 195; 2 Conn. R. 481.
     3. In Pennsylvania, the common law principle, that the flux and reflux of the tide ascertain the character of the river, has been rejected. 2 Binn. R. 475. Vide Arm of the sea; Navigable river; Sea shore.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In most cases bass that feed tight to shoreline cover during a high tide will simply drop back into a nearby slough until Mother Nature rings the dinner bell with a high flooding tide.
Apart from being in extreme danger while the coach travelled through the flooding tide, passengers also experienced very wet luggage."
"With the flooding tide only a few feet from the casualty's position on the rocks, and the possibility she had taken an overdose, it was decided to request Rhyl's inshore lifeboat to transfer the woman to a slipway where an ambulance crew could treat her."
For each night of sampling, the flooding tide was characterized by a progression of decreasing temperatures and increasing salinities.