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.
- tide gage,
- tide gate,
- tide in the affairs of men, there is a,
- tide lock,
- tide mill
Origin of tide1
verb (used without object), tid·ed, tid·ing. Archaic.
Origin of tide2
Examples from the Web for tiding
Thus from Menelaus the youth Telemachus got tiding of his father.The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tales of Troy|Padriac Colum
Uds-lid: if there come no other tiding the sweetness of this pleasure will prove but bitter to them.
I think there are more ways of tiding over this evil hour than by war, even if we were doubly strong with men and guns.My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave|Henry M. Stanley
As a means of tiding over a merely temporary crisis, as indeed it was intended by its authors to be, it would have done no harm.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt
One or two vessels were tiding it up in the midst of the stream, with a motion scarcely perceptible.
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