Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Tide \Tide\, n. [AS. t[=i]d time; akin to OS. & OFries. t[=i]d, D. tijd, G. zeit, OHG. z[=i]t, Icel. t[=i]?, Sw. & Dan. tid, and probably to Skr. aditi unlimited, endless, where a- is a negative prefix. [root]58. Cf. Tidings, Tidy, Till, prep., Time.]
Time; period; season. [Obsoles.] ``This lusty summer's tide.''
And rest their weary limbs a tide.
Which, at the appointed tide, Each one did make his bride.
At the tide of Christ his birth.
The alternate rising and falling of the waters of the ocean, and of bays, rivers, etc., connected therewith. The tide ebbs and flows twice in each lunar day, or the space of a little more than twenty-four hours. It is occasioned by the attraction of the sun and moon (the influence of the latter being three times that of the former), acting unequally on the waters in different parts of the earth, thus disturbing their equilibrium. A high tide upon one side of the earth is accompanied by a high tide upon the opposite side. Hence, when the sun and moon are in conjunction or opposition, as at new moon and full moon, their action is such as to produce a greater than the usual tide, called the spring tide, as represented in the cut. When the moon is in the first or third quarter, the sun's attraction in part counteracts the effect of the moon's attraction, thus producing under the moon a smaller tide than usual, called the neap tide.
Note: The flow or rising of the water is called flood tide, and the reflux, ebb tide.
A stream; current; flood; as, a tide of blood. ``Let in the tide of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.''
Tendency or direction of causes, influences, or events; course; current.
There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
Violent confluence. [Obs.]
(Mining) The period of twelve hours. Atmospheric tides, tidal movements of the atmosphere similar to those of the ocean, and produced in the same manner by the attractive forces of the sun and moon. Inferior tide. See under Inferior, a. To work double tides. See under Work, v. t. Tide day, the interval between the occurrences of two consecutive maxima of the resultant wave at the same place. Its length varies as the components of sun and moon waves approach to, or recede from, one another. A retardation from this cause is called the lagging of the tide, while the acceleration of the recurrence of high water is termed the priming of the tide. See Lag of the tide, under 2d Lag. Tide dial, a dial to exhibit the state of the tides at any time. Tide gate.
An opening through which water may flow freely when the tide sets in one direction, but which closes automatically and prevents the water from flowing in the other direction.
(Naut.) A place where the tide runs with great velocity, as through a gate. Tide gauge, a gauge for showing the height of the tide; especially, a contrivance for registering the state of the tide continuously at every instant of time. --Brande & C. Tide lock, a lock situated between an inclosed basin, or a canal, and the tide water of a harbor or river, when they are on different levels, so that craft can pass either way at all times of the tide; -- called also guard lock. Tide mill.
A mill operated by the tidal currents.
A mill for clearing lands from tide water.
Tide rip, a body of water made rough by the conflict of opposing tides or currents.
Tide table, a table giving the time of the rise and fall of the tide at any place.
Tide water, water affected by the flow of the tide; hence, broadly, the seaboard.
Tide wave, or Tidal wave, the swell of water as the tide moves. That of the ocean is called primitive; that of bays or channels derivative. See also tidal wave in the vocabulary.
Tide wheel, a water wheel so constructed as to be moved by the ebb or flow of the tide.
Tide \Tide\ (t[imac]d), v. t. To cause to float with the tide; to drive or carry with the tide or stream.
They are tided down the stream.
Tide \Tide\, v. i. [AS. t[=i]dan to happen. See Tide, n.]
To betide; to happen. [Obs.]
What should us tide of this new law?
To pour a tide or flood.
(Naut.) To work into or out of a river or harbor by drifting with the tide and anchoring when it becomes adverse.
A tide is the rise and fall of a sea level caused by the Moon's gravity and other factors.
Tide may also refer to:
Tide is the sixth album by Antônio Carlos Jobim, released in 1970 on A&M Records and arranged by Deodato.
Tide (transportation company)
Tide ASA is a public transport company in Hordaland, Norway which resulted from the merger of Gaia Trafikk and Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskipsselskap (HSD). The company provides the public transit network in the city of Bergen, and most of the bus service in Hordaland on contract with Skyss. Tide also runs the buses in northern Rogaland on contract with Kolumbus.
The group has two daughter companies, Tide Buss AS that operates the scheduled busses, and the leiseure travel company Tide Reiser AS that also operates express, airport and charter buses and chartered ferries and fast passenger craft. The largest owners are Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskap (75%) and Sparebanken Vest (10%). The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange with head offices in Bergen.
Formerly, Tide operated the passenger- and car ferry routes previously operated by HSD and Stavangerske, with the daughter company Tide Sjø.
An illustration of the four faces of the Bewcastle Cross, with the Tide dial on the second from the left.]] Tide is an obsolete or archaic term for time, period or season. It survives in compounds such as Yuletide, eventide, shrovetide, Eastertide, noontide, etc.
A simple noun tide was used synonymously with time and as a unit of time with hour in Old English and Middle English, but this usage became obsolete in the 15th century and survives only in occasional poetic reference to "occasion" or "favourable, proper time". Contemporary English narrows the application of the word to the tides of the sea.
Etymology 1 n. 1 The periodic change of the sea level, particularly when caused by the gravitational influence of the sun and the moon. 2 A stream, current or flood. 3 (context chronology obsolete except in liturgy English) Time, notably anniversary, period or season linked to an ecclesiastical feast. 4 (context mining English) The period of twelve hours. 5 Something which changes like the tides of the se
6 Tendency or direction of causes, influences, or events; course; current. 7 (context obsolete English) Violent confluence — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis%20Bacon v
1 (context transitive English) To cause to float with the tide; to drive or carry with the tide or stream. 2 (context intransitive English) To pour a tide or flood. 3 (context intransitive nautical English) To work into or out of a river or harbor by drifting with the tide and anchoring when it becomes adverse. Etymology 2
vb. (context intransitive obsolete English) To happen, occur.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English tid "point or portion of time, due time, period, season; feast-day, canonical hour," from Proto-Germanic *tidiz "division of time" (cognates: Old Saxon tid, Dutch tijd, Old High German zit, German Zeit "time"), from PIE *di-ti- "division, division of time," suffixed form of root *da- "to divide, cut up" (cognates: Sanskrit dati "cuts, divides;" Greek demos "people, land," perhaps literally "division of society," daiesthai "to divide;" Old Irish dam "troop, company").\n
\nMeaning "rise and fall of the sea" (mid-14c.) probably is via notion of "fixed time," specifically "time of high water;" either a native evolution or from Middle Low German getide (compare Middle Dutch tijd, Dutch tij, German Gezeiten "flood tide, tide of the sea"). Old English seems to have had no specific word for this, using flod and ebba to refer to the rise and fall. Old English heahtid "high tide" meant "festival, high day."
n. the periodic rise and fall of the sea level under the gravitational pull of the moon
something that may increase or decrease (like the tides of the sea); "a rising tide of popular interest"
there are usually two high and two low tides each day [syn: lunar time period]
Usage examples of "tide".
I wondered if any of the others could see the darker tides running behind the placid affability he presented to them.
Beany crep out esy and hunted round til we found the string and we tide it agen as tite as we cood and then we crep back into the porch and peeked through the window.
That the tide of agrarianism was gradually flowing westward as the frontier advanced is apparent from the election returns in the States bordering on the upper Mississippi.
Can change with its false times and tides, Like hope and terror,-- Alas for Love!
I knew that with the tide the big evil-looking albacore sharks hunted inshore upon the flood.
Fishing the seething tide-race through the main channel at full spring tide, and shouting with excitement as the golden amberjack came boiling up in the wake, bellies flashing like mirrors, to hit the dancing feather lures, and send the Penn reels screeching a wild protest, and the fibreglass rods nodding and kicking.
When these tides reach our own century and become the transforming rage of nations, we may feel the need to consult the source books, the very prose of apocalyptic struggle.
Opposite the islet, the beach consisted first of sand, covered with black stones, which were now appearing little by little above the retreating tide.
At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his two motor-boats slit the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam.
The tall figure of Aragon stood at the helm, letting the boat drift on the tide.
Philadelphia, at tide jet-copters landing, the runnels of autocars and ramps of footers coming and going, into and out of every high-rise building in sight.
Having observed Siett and Balant in high tide position, I was not surprised that Nikum lay nearly drowned.
The tide was high, and the ragged rocks of the Banc des Violets in the south and the Corbiore in the west were all but hidden.
From anywhere off Beachy Head, the nearest harbour was Pevensey, not Bulverhythe, and to catch the tide they altered course towards it.
Verteidigung der Stadt die Waffen ergreifen und entging bei einem Ausfall nur mit genauer Noth dem Tode.