- The definition of tide is the cycle of rising and falling of the surface of bodies of water caused by the attraction of the moon and the sun.
An example of the tide is when the ocean's water is at its highest point on the beach.
tide definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete a period of time: now only in combination: Eastertide, eventide
Origin: prob. infl. by MLowG or MDu
- the alternate rise and fall of the surface of oceans, seas, and the bays, rivers, etc. connected with them, caused by the attraction of the moon and sun: it may occur twice in each period of 24 hours and 50 minutes, which is the time of one rotation of the earth with respect to the moon
- flood tide
- something that rises and falls like the tide
- a stream, current, etc. or trend, tendency, etc.: the tide of public opinion
- the period during which something is at its highest or fullest point
- Archaic an opportune time or occasion
Origin: Middle English tide, time, season ; from Old English tid, time; akin to German zeit ; from Indo-European an unverified form dī-, variant, variety of base an unverified form da(i)-, to part, divide up from source time, Sanskrit dāti, (he) cuts off, Classical Greek dēmos, district, people
- to flow or surge like a tide
- Naut. to drift with the tide, esp. in moving into or out of a harbor, river, etc.
tide definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The periodic variation in the surface level of the oceans and of bays, gulfs, inlets, and estuaries, caused by gravitational attraction of the moon and sun.b. A specific occurrence of such a variation: awaiting the next high tide.c. Flood tide.
- Tidal force.
- Something that fluctuates like the waters of the tide: a rising tide of discontent. See Synonyms at flow.
- A time or season. Often used in combination: eventide; Christmastide; Shrovetide.
- A favorable occasion; an opportunity.
- To rise and fall like the tide.
- Nautical To drift or ride with the tide: tided off the reef; tiding up the Hudson.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English tīd, division of time; see dā- in Indo-European roots.
intransitive verb tid·ed, tid·ing, tides Archaic
Origin: Middle English tiden, from Old English tīdan; see dā- in Indo-European roots.
tide - Medical Definition
tide - Phrases/Idioms
turn the tide
tide - Science Definition