Share this entry

Share this page

high-water mark

Line breaks: high-water mark

Definition of high-water mark in English:

noun

1The level reached by the sea at high tide, or by a lake or river in time of flood.
Example sentences
  • We have to protect that strip of land that is from the high-water mark to the low-water mark.
  • South Africa claims that the border is at the high-water mark on the northern side of the river while Namibia insists it is in the middle of the river.
  • So, in our submission, the mean high-water mark is the average point to which the sea reaches between those times.
1.1A maximum recorded level or value: unemployment and crime both stand at a high-water mark
More example sentences
  • I think he'll be a fine major leaguer, but it's not a sure thing and this could very well be the high-water mark for his value.
  • That's far too long for a high-water mark to stand.
  • Board of Education stands as a high-water mark in the modern civil rights movement.

Definition of high-water mark in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something