Definitions for TIDEtaɪd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tidetaɪd(n.; v.)tid•ed, tid•ing.

  1. (n.)the periodic rise and fall of the waters of the ocean and its inlets, produced by the attraction of the moon and sun, and occurring about every 12 hours.

    Category: Oceanography

  2. the inflow, outflow, or current of water at any given place resulting from the waves of tides.

    Category: Oceanography

  3. Category: Oceanography

    Ref: flood tide.

  4. a stream or current.

  5. anything that alternately rises and falls, increases and decreases, etc.

  6. tendency or drift, as of events.

  7. a season or period (usu. used in combination):

    Eastertide; eventide.

  8. Archaic. a suitable time or occasion.

  9. (v.i.)to flow as the tide.

  10. to float or drift with the tide.

  11. (v.t.)to carry, as the tide does.

  12. tide over, to assist in getting over a period of difficulty or distress.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of tide:

bef. 900; ME; OE tīd time, hour, c. OS tīd, OHG zīt, ON tīth; akin to time

tide*taɪd(v.i.)tid•ed, tid•ing.

  1. to happen or befall.

* Archaic..

Origin of tide:

bef. 1000; ME; OE tīdan, akin to tīd time; see tide1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tide(noun)

    the periodic rise and fall of the sea level under the gravitational pull of the moon

  2. tide(noun)

    something that may increase or decrease (like the tides of the sea)

    "a rising tide of popular interest"

  3. tide, lunar time period(verb)

    there are usually two high and two low tides each day

  4. tide, surge(verb)

    rise or move forward

    "surging waves"

  5. tide(verb)

    cause to float with the tide

  6. tide(verb)

    be carried with the tide

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tide(noun)ɪd

    the regular rise and fall of the level of the ocean

    as the tide rose/fell

  2. tideɪd

    the tide is at its highest/lowest level

    The tide will be in at about 4:00.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tide

    time; period; season

  2. Tide

    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

  3. Tide

    a stream; current; flood; as, a tide of blood

  4. Tide

    tendency or direction of causes, influences, or events; course; current

  5. Tide

    violent confluence

  6. Tide

    the period of twelve hours

  7. Tide(verb)

    to cause to float with the tide; to drive or carry with the tide or stream

  8. Tide(noun)

    to betide; to happen

  9. Tide(noun)

    to pour a tide or flood

  10. Tide(noun)

    to work into or out of a river or harbor by drifting with the tide and anchoring when it becomes adverse


  1. Tide

    Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun and the rotation of the Earth. Some shorelines experience two almost equal high tides and two low tides each day, called a semi-diurnal tide. Some locations experience only one high and one low tide each day, called a diurnal tide. Some locations experience two uneven tides a day, or sometimes one high and one low each day; this is called a mixed tide. The times and amplitude of the tides at a locale are influenced by the alignment of the Sun and Moon, by the pattern of tides in the deep ocean, by the amphidromic systems of the oceans, and by the shape of the coastline and near-shore bathymetry. Tides vary on timescales ranging from hours to years due to numerous influences. To make accurate records, tide gauges at fixed stations measure the water level over time. Gauges ignore variations caused by waves with periods shorter than minutes. These data are compared to the reference level usually called mean sea level. While tides are usually the largest source of short-term sea-level fluctuations, sea levels are also subject to forces such as wind and barometric pressure changes, resulting in storm surges, especially in shallow seas and near coasts.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. TIDE

    An old friend who comes and goes daily but is all in whenever he gets over the bay.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TIDE' in Nouns Frequency: #1734

Anagrams of TIDE

  1. Diet

  2. Edit

  3. Tied

Translations for TIDE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the regular, twice-a-day ebbing and flowing movement of the sea

It's high/low tide; The tide is coming in / going out.

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