[ tahyd ]
/ taɪd /
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.
the inflow, outflow, or current of water at any given place resulting from the waves of tides.
a stream or current.
anything that alternately rises and falls, increases and decreases, etc.: the tide of the seasons.
current, tendency, or drift, as of events or ideas: the tide of international events.
any extreme or critical period or condition: The tide of her illness is at its height.
a season or period in the course of the year, day, etc. (now used chiefly in combination): wintertide; eventide.
Ecclesiastical. a period of time that includes and follows an anniversary, festival, etc.
Archaic. a suitable time or occasion.
Obsolete. an extent of time.
verb (used without object), tid·ed, tid·ing.
to flow as the tide; flow to and fro.
to float or drift with the tide.
verb (used with object), tid·ed, tid·ing.
to carry, as the tide does.
- to assist in getting over a period of difficulty or distress.
- to surmount (a difficulty, obstacle, etc.); survive.
Pore Over vs. Pour OverSince pour is a common word and sounds identical to pore, many English speakers use the verb pour in the verb phrase pore over meaning “to meditate or ponder intently.”
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 of tide1
before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English tīd time, hour; cognate with Dutch tijd, German Zeit, Old Norse tīth; akin to time
Related formstide·ful, adjectivetide·less, adjectivetide·less·ness, nountide·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tide over (1 of 3)
(tr) to help to get through (a period of difficulty, distress, etc)the money tided him over until he got a job
British Dictionary definitions for tide over (2 of 3)
/ (taɪd) /
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 daySee also tide-generating force, neap tide, spring tide
the current, ebb, or flow of water at a specified place resulting from these changes in levelthe tide is coming in
a widespread tendency or movementthe tide of resentment against the government
a critical point in time; turning pointthe tide of his fortunes
Northern English dialect a fair or holiday
(in combination) a season or timeChristmastide
rare any body of mobile water, such as a stream
archaic a favourable opportunity
to carry or be carried with or as if with the tide
(intr) to ebb and flow like the tide
Derived Formstideless, adjectivetidelike, adjective
Word Origin for tide
Old English tīd time; related to Old High German zīt, Old Norse tīthr time
British Dictionary definitions for tide over (3 of 3)
/ (taɪd) /
(intr) archaic to happen
Word Origin for tide
Old English tīdan; related to Old Frisian tīdia to proceed to, Middle Low German tīden to hurry, Old Norse tītha to desire
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Medicine definitions for tide over
[ tīd ]
An alternate increase and decrease, as of levels of a substance in the blood or digestive tract.
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Science definitions for tide over
[ 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.
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Idioms and Phrases with tide over (1 of 2)
Support through a difficult period, as in I asked my brother for $100 to tide me over until payday. This expression alludes to the way the tide carries something. [Early 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with tide over (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with tide
- tide over
- stem the tide
- swim against the current (tide)
- swim with the tide
- time and tide
- turn of the tide
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