follow Dictionary.com

What's the "een" in Halloween?

tide1

[tahyd] /taɪd/
noun
1.
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.
2.
the inflow, outflow, or current of water at any given place resulting from the waves of tides.
4.
a stream or current.
5.
anything that alternately rises and falls, increases and decreases, etc.:
the tide of the seasons.
6.
current, tendency, or drift, as of events or ideas:
the tide of international events.
7.
any extreme or critical period or condition:
The tide of her illness is at its height.
8.
a season or period in the course of the year, day, etc. (now used chiefly in combination):
wintertide; eventide.
9.
Ecclesiastical. a period of time that includes and follows an anniversary, festival, etc.
10.
Archaic. a suitable time or occasion.
11.
Obsolete. an extent of time.
verb (used without object), tided, tiding.
12.
to flow as the tide; flow to and fro.
13.
to float or drift with the tide.
verb (used with object), tided, tiding.
14.
to carry, as the tide does.
Verb phrases
15.
tide over,
  1. to assist in getting over a period of difficulty or distress.
  2. to surmount (a difficulty, obstacle, etc.); survive.
Idioms
16.
turn the tide, to reverse the course of events, especially from one extreme to another:
The Battle of Saratoga turned the tide of the American Revolution.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English tīd time, hour; cognate with Dutch tijd, German Zeit, Old Norse tīth; akin to time
Related forms
tideful, adjective
tideless, adjective
tidelessness, noun
tidelike, adjective

tide2

[tahyd] /taɪd/
verb (used without object), tided, tiding. Archaic.
1.
to happen or befall.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English tiden, Old English tīdan. See betide
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for tides
  • Changes that you once fought against, tides that you swore did not exist, begin to move you.
  • Although, it might look as if it must, the tides of history can turn quickly.
  • And the tides of his reception have likewise shifted between adulation and disdain.
  • When heavy winds coincide with especially high tides, it becomes liquid chaos and disaster for the unwitting seafarer.
  • If you're not up for a sail in a gale, in any given month tides are stronger when the moon is either new or full.
  • And this was at the fulling of the days unto the tides and the tides unto the many.
  • Here, wind-whipped tides can build seas big enough to capsize small boats and currents strong enough to drive big ships aground.
  • Its low speed makes it vulnerable to tides and currents, which can knock it off course.
  • The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace.
  • He says that the tides are slack, and do not make currents as they do here.
British Dictionary definitions for tides

tide1

/taɪd/
noun
1.
the cyclic rise and fall of sea level caused by the gravitational pull of the sun and moon. There are usually two high tides and two low tides in each lunar day See also tide-generating force, neap tide, spring tide
2.
the current, ebb, or flow of water at a specified place resulting from these changes in level: the tide is coming in
3.
See ebb (sense 3), flood (sense 3)
4.
a widespread tendency or movement: the tide of resentment against the government
5.
a critical point in time; turning point: the tide of his fortunes
6.
(Northern English, dialect) a fair or holiday
7.
(in combination) a season or time: Christmastide
8.
(rare) any body of mobile water, such as a stream
9.
(archaic) a favourable opportunity
verb
10.
to carry or be carried with or as if with the tide
11.
(intransitive) to ebb and flow like the tide
Derived Forms
tideless, adjective
tidelike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English tīd time; related to Old High German zīt, Old Norse tīthr time

tide2

/taɪd/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (archaic) to happen
Word Origin
Old English tīdan; related to Old Frisian tīdia to proceed to, Middle Low German tīden to hurry, Old Norse tītha to desire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for tides

tide

n.

Old English tid "point or portion of time, due time," from Proto-Germanic *tidiz "division of time" (cf. 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" (cf. Sanskrit dati "cuts, divides;" Greek demos "people, land," perhaps literally "division of society;" daiesthai "to divide;" Old Irish dam "troop, company").

Meaning "rise and fall of the sea" (mid-14c.) is probably via notion of "fixed time," specifically "time of high water;" either a native evolution or from Middle Low German getide (cf. also Dutch tij, German Gezeiten "flood tide"). 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."

v.

"to carry (as the tide does)," 1620s, from tide (n.). Usually with over. Related: Tided; tiding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
tides in Medicine

tide (tīd)
n.
An alternate increase and decrease, as of levels of a substance in the blood or digestive tract.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
tides in Science
tide
  (tīd)   
The regular rise and fall in the surface level of the Earth's oceans, seas, and bays caused by the gravitational attraction of the Moon and to a lesser extent of the Sun. The maximum high tides (or spring tides) occur when the Moon and Sun are directly aligned with Earth, so that their gravitational pull on Earth's waters is along the same line and is reinforced. The lowest high tides (or neap tides) occur when the Moon and Sun are at right angles to each other, so that their gravitational pull on Earth's waters originates from two different directions and is mitigated. Tides vary greatly by region and are influenced by sea-floor topography, storms, and water currents. See also ebb tide, flood tide, neap tide, spring tide.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
tides in Culture

tides definition


The periodic rise and fall of the ocean level owing to the gravitational force exerted by the moon and sun.

Note: In most parts of the world, two tide cycles occur each day.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with tides

tide

In addition to the idiom beginning with
tide
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for tide

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for tides

6
6
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with tides

Nearby words for tides