A spring tide popularly known as a king tide refers to the springing forth of the tide during new and full moon a neap tide seven days after a spring tide refers to a period of moderate tides when the sun and moon are at right angles to each other a spring tide is a common historical . Spring tide spring tides occur when the sun and moon are directly in line with the earth and their gravitational pulls reinforce each other spring tide n 1 a tide that occurs when the difference between high and low tide is greatest spring tides come twice a month approximately at the full and new moon 2 a great flood or rush as of emotion . Noun either of the two tides that occur at or just after new moon and full moon when the tide generating force of the sun acts in the same direction as that of the moon reinforcing it and causing the greatest rise and fall in tidal level. About three or four times a year in the spring and the fall the new or full moon coincides closely in time with the perigee of the moon the point when the moon is closest to the earth these occurrences are often called perigean spring tides the difference between perigean spring tide
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