high water mark

Tidemark Tide"mark, n. 1. a mark on a shore line indicating the normal level of the water at high tide, caused by the action of the flowing water; sometimes also used for the mark left at the point of the normal low tide; -- called also {high water mark}. [PJC]

2. [fig.] the maximum level which some activity has reached and from which it has declined; -- called also {high water mark}. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • High-water mark — High High, a. [Compar. {Higher}; superl. {Highest}.] [OE. high, hegh, hey, heh, AS. he[ a]h, h?h; akin to OS. h?h, OFries. hag, hach, D. hoog, OHG. h?h, G. hoch, Icel. h?r, Sw. h[ o]g, Dan. h[ o]i, Goth. hauhs, and to Icel. haugr mound, G. h[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • high water mark — n [singular] 1.) the mark that shows the highest level that the sea or a river reaches 2.) the time when someone or something is most successful high water mark of ▪ the high water mark of Herrera s presidency …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • High water mark — may refer to:*Ordinary high water mark, the highest level reached by a body of water that has been maintained for a sufficient period of time to leave evidence on the landscape *High water mark of the Confederacy, the deepest penetration by the… …   Wikipedia

  • high-water mark — [hī′wôt′ər] n. 1. the highest level reached by a body of water in tidal flow, flood, etc. 2. the mark left after high water has receded 3. a culminating point; highest point …   English World dictionary

  • high water mark — high water ,mark noun singular a mark that shows the highest level that the sea, a river, or a lake has risen to …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • high-water mark — ► NOUN ▪ the level reached by the sea at high tide, or by a lake or river in time of flood …   English terms dictionary

  • high-water mark — noun a line marking the highest level reached • Hypernyms: ↑water line, ↑watermark * * * noun, pl ⋯ marks [count] 1 : the time when something is most active, successful, etc. : ↑peak It was the high water mark of her career …   Useful english dictionary

  • high-water mark — also high water mark 1) N SING: the N The high water mark is the level reached in a particular place by the sea at high tide or by a river in flood. 2) N SING: with supp, oft N of/for n The high water mark of a process is its highest or most… …   English dictionary

  • High-Water Mark — The highest peak in value that an investment fund/account has reached. This term is often used in the context of fund manager compensation, which is performance based. The high water mark ensures that the manager does not get paid large sums for… …   Investment dictionary

  • high-water mark — /huy waw teuhr, wot euhr/ 1. a mark showing the highest level reached by a body of water. 2. the highest point of anything; acme: Her speech was the high water mark of the conference. [1545 55] * * * …   Universalium

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