verb (used without object), tid·ed, tid·ing.
verb (used with object), tid·ed, tid·ing.
- to assist in getting over a period of difficulty or distress.
- to surmount (a difficulty, obstacle, etc.); survive.
Origin of tide1
verb (used without object), tid·ed, tid·ing. Archaic.
Origin of tide2
Related Words for tidesstream, trend, undercurrent, spate, wave, flood, torrent, tendency, drag, rush, run, ebb, course, drift, vortex, sluice, eddy, race, flux, direction
Examples from the Web for tides
Contemporary Examples of tides
But the end of Viagra as we know it signals more than just a change in the tides for Big Pharma.Laughter Will Be the Legacy of Viagra
October 2, 2014
Surely there will be villainous pirates, distracting mermaids, tides change in the new open water chapter of my journey.Lindsay Mills, Edward Snowden’s Girlfriend, Writes ‘All I Feel Is Alone’
June 11, 2013
Underneath the most placid waters, there are vicious currents and tides, and underwater volcanoes that are constantly erupting.Welcome to the Anarchy Economy
April 23, 2013
The tides of the oceans are created by the gravatational pull of the moon.The Moon Landing Hoax
August 26, 2012
The ship now shifts slightly with the rise and fall of the low Mediterranean tides, moving about a millimeter an hour.Costa Concordia Mess Widens With Salvage Team, Criminal Probe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 24, 2012
Historical Examples of tides
At the foot of “The Rapids” the effect of the spring tides is barely perceptible.The Long Labrador Trail
Into these tides I was now drawn down—and it did me some good and a great deal of harm.The Harbor
All his life he was an observer of the weather, and a student of the winds and tides.Benjamin Franklin
Paul Elmer More
At low spring tides the most beautiful corals and shells are found.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The tides have gradually filled their shallow harbors with silt.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
Word Origin for tide
Word Origin for tide
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."
"to carry (as the tide does)," 1620s, from tide (n.). Usually with over. Related: Tided; tiding.
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