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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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Iain Johnston, Calderbank Enshrouded in the coils of sleep, Whirling down a tideless stream I see the surging vasty deep, Bound forever by a seaborne dream.
In the vast silence of the tideless sea-floor, fathoms deep, in the birthless womb of ocean, let the jagged steel, and broken pitiful beauty born of the smooth loins of women sleep where the diatom and coral sleep.
Because of their restricted communication with the open ocean, enclosed seas have small tidal ranges or are tideless. (15) Enclosed seas are also called "continental seas" if they rest on shallow depressions, as do the Sea of Azov and the Baltic.
This is the noir premise from which Faulkner's vision of the authentic artist necessarily advances, "that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking" (120).
Due to the fact that Estonia is located on the eastern coast of the practically tideless Baltic Sea, strong westerly and southwesterly winds related to deep cyclones cause heavy wind stress over the sea inducing a significant sea level pile-up near the coast.
TIn front of him is a stretch of tideless water, the floating harbour, and beyond that, handsome old buildings and handsome new ones, catching the morning sun.
It was the abyss of human illusion that was the real, the tideless deep." Dencombe aches for a do-over that might allow him to put to use the lessons he has learned in his life: "A second chance--that's the delusion.