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Slack water   /slæk wˈɔtər/   Listen
Slack water

A stretch of water without current or movement.  Synonym: slack.
The occurrence of relatively still water at the turn of the (low) tide.  Synonym: slack tide.

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"Slack water" Quotes from Famous Books

... occasion and though with their paddling the swiftness of the current gave the craft a speed of over ten miles an hour, he brought her down without mishap into a wide-spreading cove. They rested, drifting slowly across the slack water. "This can't be far from Cantwell's," Bob was saying, when Jeremy gave a startled exclamation, and pointed toward the shore, some fifty yards away. A little girl in a gray frock stood on the bank, her arms full ...
— The Black Buccaneer • Stephen W. Meader

... and nearly leaps overboard on the opposite side of the boat I give unwillingly the word to fire. Many of the foremost savages fall—the rest hang back. We shove off. The oars are quickly got out. The moon rises. I distinguish the channel. It is almost slack water. We pull for our lives. Golding and Taro stand up and fire. The savages either do not see their comrades fall or do not dread the bullets, for they rush along the rocks still within a few yards of us hurling ...
— The Cruise of the Mary Rose - Here and There in the Pacific • William H. G. Kingston

Words linked to "Slack water" :   stretch, tide, slack tide

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