tide

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English[edit]

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Boats at low tide (periodic change of sea level).

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English tide, from Old English tīd (time, period, season, while; hour; feast-day, festal-tide; canonical hour or service), from Proto-Germanic *tīdiz (time, period), from Proto-Indo-European *dīti- (time, period), from Proto-Indo-European *dī- (time). Cognate with Scots tide, tyde (moment, time, occasion, period, tide), North Frisian tid (time), West Frisian tiid (time, while), Dutch tijd (time), Low German Tied (time), Tiet, Low German Tide (tide of the sea), German Zeit (time), Danish tid (time), Swedish tid (time), Icelandic tíð (time), Albanian ditë (day), Old Armenian տի (ti, age), Kurdish dem (time). Related to time.

Noun[edit]

tide (plural tides)

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  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.
    (Can we date this quote?) Let in the tide of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide. — Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, III-iv
  3. (chronology, obsolete, except in liturgy) Time, notably anniversary, period or season linked to an ecclesiastical feast.
    (Can we date this quote?) And rest their weary limbs a tideEdmund Spenser
    (Can we date this quote?) Which, at the appointed tide, Each one did make his brideEdmund Spenser
    (Can we date this quote?) At the tide of Christ his birth — Fuller
  4. (mining) The period of twelve hours.
  5. Something which changes like the tides of the sea.
  6. Tendency or direction of causes, influences, or events; course; current.
    (Can we date this quote?) There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. — Shakespeare. Julius Caesar, IV-iii
  7. (obsolete) Violent confluenceFrancis Bacon
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tide (third-person singular simple present tides, present participle tiding, simple past and past participle tided)

  1. (transitive) To cause to float with the tide; to drive or carry with the tide or stream.
    • Feltham
      They are tided down the stream.
  2. (intransitive) To pour a tide or flood.
    The ocean tided most impressively, even frightening
  3. (intransitive, nautical) To work into or out of a river or harbor by drifting with the tide and anchoring when it becomes adverse.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English tiden, tide, from Old English tīdan (to happen).

Verb[edit]

tide (third-person singular simple present tides, present participle tiding, simple past and past participle tided)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To happen, occur.
  2. What should us tide of this new law? — Chaucer.
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tide

  1. A time (period), season.
    This lusty summer’s tideGeoffrey Chaucer

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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tide m, f

  1. dative form of tid

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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tide f

  1. dative form of tid

Old English[edit]

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tīde

  1. plural form of tīd
  2. accusative singular of tīd
  3. genitive singular of tīd
  4. dative singular of tīd
  5. accusative plural of tīd