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Meaning of TIDE

Pronunciation:  tId

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the periodic rise and fall of the sea level under the gravitational pull of the moon
  2. [n]  something that may increase or decrease (like the tides of the sea); "a rising tide of popular interest"
  3. [n]  there are usually two high and two low tides each day
  4. [v]  be carried with the tide
  5. [v]  cause to float with the tide
  6. [v]  rise in waves

TIDE is a 4 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: lunar time period, surge
 Antonyms: ebb, ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out
 See Also: be adrift, blow, bridge over, course, drift, ebbtide, float, flood tide, flow, fluctuation, high tide, high water, highwater, keep going, lee tide, leeward tide, low tide, low water, period, period of time, periodic event, recurrent event, rip current, riptide, rising tide, run, slack tide, slack water, tidal current, tidal flow, tide, tide over, time period, undercurrent, undertide, variation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.]
    1. Time; period; season. [Obsoles.] ``This lusty summer's
       tide.'' --Chaucer.
             And rest their weary limbs a tide.    --Spenser.
             Which, at the appointed tide, Each one did make his
             bride.                                --Spenser.
             At the tide of Christ his birth.      --Fuller.
    2. 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.
    3. A stream; current; flood; as, a tide of blood. ``Let in
       the tide of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.''
    4. 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.    --Shak.
    5. Violent confluence. [Obs.] --Bacon.
    6. (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
    {Tide gate}.
       (a) 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.
       (b) (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) A mill operated by the tidal currents.
       (b) 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. --Whewell.
    {Tide wheel}, a water wheel so constructed as to be moved by
       the ebb or flow of the tide.
  2. \Tide\, v. t.
    To cause to float with the tide; to drive or carry with the
    tide or stream.
          They are tided down the stream.          --Feltham.
  3. \Tide\, v. i. [AS. t[=i]dan to happen. See {Tide}, n.]
    1. To betide; to happen. [Obs.]
             What should us tide of this new law?  --Chaucer.
    2. To pour a tide or flood.
    3. (Naut.) To work into or out of a river or harbor by
       drifting with the tide and anchoring when it becomes