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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.

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Between the wharf and the bedroom window is a narrow strip, which is dry at low tide but is covered at high tide with at least four and a half feet of water.
His manner was more ingratiating; the high tide of his courage was already on the ebb.
A carnivorous animal living on a straight meat diet, he was in full flower, at the high tide of his life, overspilling with vigor and virility.
When there are high tides, we are simply cut off from the mainland altogether unless we go across on a farm cart.
The lower limits of Parapholis incurva and transition/upland plants at the different sites were significantly correlated with the elevation reached by the highest high tide measured in this study (3 December 1998, third highest tide of 1998 at La Jolla with an observed high of 1.
But Sussex Police warned they might be forced to quit their houses again last night as another high tide threatened to flood the area.
This stronger pull makes the water bunch up a little under the Moon, creating a high tide.
Meanwhile the promenade was shut early yesterday morning before being reopened to cars, signalling the danger of flooding had passed prior to last night's high tide.
High tide or low, Canadian New Brunswick has much more to offer than just the mighty force of nature.
In contrast, says Schaefer, many Allied landings in the Pacific took place at high tide near dawn.
At high tide off the west-end pier, the water depth is 30 to 40 feet; at low tide, it's just 10 feet.
Other areas of interest include: the Cosumnes River, where monitor stage is occurring at Michigan Bar and expected at McConnell this afternoon; the Mokelumne River, where Bensons Ferry is expected to reach monitor stage this afternoon; the Tuolumne River, where monitor state is expected at Modesto by tomorrow morning; and, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, where tides at Rio Vista are above monitor stage now and expected to return with tomorrow morning's high- high tide.