high-water mark

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high-water mark

a. the level reached by sea water at high tide or by other stretches of water in flood
b. the mark indicating this level

high-water mark

[¦hī ′wȯd·ər ‚mārk]
(computer science)
The maximum number of jobs that are in a queue awaiting execution by a large computer system during a specified period of observation.
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Which is not to say it's not worth it (though you might want to save your money for the impending goody-filled DVD release): Directed by Martin Scorsese and aided and abetted by Band leader Robbie Robertson, ``The Last Waltz,'' even before its soundtrack was cleaned up and made pristine, was one of the high-water marks in the concert-film genre.
Strangelove,'' ``2001'' and ``A Clockwork Orange'' were the high-water marks in a career that stumbled in 1975 with ``Barry Lyndon,'' a visually stunning but static film, based on a Thackeray novel, in which the director took enormous pains on lighting and imagery evoking an authentic 18th-century ambience.