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 for spring tide
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spring \Spring\, n. [AS. spring a fountain, a leap. See
     Spring, v. i.]
     1. A leap; a bound; a jump.
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              The prisoner, with a spring, from prison broke.
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     2. A flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its
        former state by its elasticity; as, the spring of a bow.
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     3. Elastic power or force.
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              Heavens! what a spring was in his arm! --Dryden.
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     4. An elastic body of any kind, as steel, India rubber, tough
        wood, or compressed air, used for various mechanical
        purposes, as receiving and imparting power, diminishing
        concussion, regulating motion, measuring weight or other
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     Note: The principal varieties of springs used in mechanisms
           are the spiral spring (Fig. a), the coil spring
           (Fig. b), the elliptic spring (Fig. c), the
           half-elliptic spring (Fig. d), the volute spring,
           the India-rubber spring, the atmospheric spring,
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     5. Any source of supply; especially, the source from which a
        stream proceeds; an issue of water from the earth; a
        natural fountain. "All my springs are in thee." --Ps.
        lxxxvii. 7. "A secret spring of spiritual joy." --Bentley.
        "The sacred spring whence right and honor streams." --Sir
        J. Davies.
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     6. Any active power; that by which action, or motion, is
        produced or propagated; cause; origin; motive.
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              Our author shuns by vulgar springs to move
              The hero's glory, or the virgin's love. --Pope.
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     7. That which springs, or is originated, from a source; as:
        (a) A race; lineage. [Obs.] --Chapman.
        (b) A youth; a springal. [Obs.] --Spenser.
        (c) A shoot; a plant; a young tree; also, a grove of
            trees; woodland. [Obs.] --Spenser. Milton.
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     8. That which causes one to spring; specifically, a lively
        tune. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
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     9. The season of the year when plants begin to vegetate and
        grow; the vernal season, usually comprehending the months
        of March, April, and May, in the middle latitudes north of
        the equator. "The green lap of the new-come spring."
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     Note: Spring of the astronomical year begins with the vernal
           equinox, about March 21st, and ends with the summer
           solstice, about June 21st.
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     10. The time of growth and progress; early portion; first
         stage; as, the spring of life. "The spring of the day."
         --1 Sam. ix. 26.
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               O how this spring of love resembleth
               The uncertain glory of an April day. --Shak.
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     11. (Naut.)
         (a) A crack or fissure in a mast or yard, running
             obliquely or transversely.
         (b) A line led from a vessel's quarter to her cable so
             that by tightening or slacking it she can be made to
             lie in any desired position; a line led diagonally
             from the bow or stern of a vessel to some point upon
             the wharf to which she is moored.
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     Air spring, Boiling spring, etc. See under Air,
        Boiling, etc.
     Spring back (Bookbinding), a back with a curved piece of
        thin sheet iron or of stiff pasteboard fastened to the
        inside, the effect of which is to make the leaves of a
        book thus bound (as a ledger or other account or blank
        book) spring up and lie flat.
     Spring balance, a contrivance for measuring weight or force
        by the elasticity of a spiral spring of steel.
     Spring beam, a beam that supports the side of a paddle box.
        See Paddle beam, under Paddle, n.
     Spring beauty.
         (a) (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Claytonia, delicate
             herbs with somewhat fleshy leaves and pretty
             blossoms, appearing in springtime.
         (b) (Zool.) A small, elegant American butterfly ({Erora
             laeta) which appears in spring. The hind wings of
             the male are brown, bordered with deep blue; those of
             the female are mostly blue.
     Spring bed, a mattress, under bed, or bed bottom, in which
        springs, as of metal, are employed to give the required
     Spring beetle (Zool.), a snapping beetle; an elater.
     Spring box, the box or barrel in a watch, or other piece of
        mechanism, in which the spring is contained.
     Spring fly (Zool.), a caddice fly; -- so called because it
        appears in the spring.
     Spring grass (Bot.), vernal grass. See under Vernal.
     Spring gun, a firearm discharged by a spring, when this is
        trodden upon or is otherwise moved.
     Spring hook (Locomotive Engines), one of the hooks which
        fix the driving-wheel spring to the frame.
     Spring latch, a latch that fastens with a spring.
     Spring lock, a lock that fastens with a spring.
     Spring mattress, a spring bed.
     Spring of an arch (Arch.) See Springing line of an arch,
        under Springing.
     Spring of pork, the lower part of a fore quarter, which is
        divided from the neck, and has the leg and foot without
        the shoulder. [Obs.] --Nares.
              Sir, pray hand the spring of pork to me. --Gayton.
     Spring pin (Locomotive Engines), an iron rod fitted between
        the springs and the axle boxes, to sustain and regulate
        the pressure on the axles.
     Spring rye, a kind of rye sown in the spring; -- in
        distinction from winter rye, sown in autumn.
     Spring stay (Naut.), a preventer stay, to assist the
        regular one. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
     Spring tide, the tide which happens at, or soon after, the
        new and the full moon, and which rises higher than common
        tides. See Tide.
     Spring wagon, a wagon in which springs are interposed
        between the body and the axles to form elastic supports.
     Spring wheat, any kind of wheat sown in the spring; -- in
        distinction from winter wheat, which is sown in autumn.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tide \Tide\, n. [AS. t[imac]d time; akin to OS. & OFries.
     t[imac]d, D. tijd, G. zeit, OHG. z[imac]t, Icel. t[imac]?,
     Sw. & Dan. tid, and probably to Skr. aditi unlimited,
     endless, where a- is a negative prefix. [root]58. Cf.
     Tidings, Tidy, Till, prep., Time.]
     1. Time; period; season. [Obsoles.] "This lusty summer's
        tide." --Chaucer.
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              And rest their weary limbs a tide.    --Spenser.
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              Which, at the appointed tide,
              Each one did make his bride.          --Spenser.
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              At the tide of Christ his birth.      --Fuller.
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     2. The alternate rising and falling of the waters of the
        ocean, and of bays, rivers, etc., connected therewith. The
        tide ebbs and flows twice in each lunar day, or the space
        of a little more than twenty-four hours. It is occasioned
        by the attraction of the sun and moon (the influence of
        the latter being three times that of the former), acting
        unequally on the waters in different parts of the earth,
        thus disturbing their equilibrium. A high tide upon one
        side of the earth is accompanied by a high tide upon the
        opposite side. Hence, when the sun and moon are in
        conjunction or opposition, as at new moon and full moon,
        their action is such as to produce a greater than the
        usual tide, called the spring tide, as represented in
        the cut. When the moon is in the first or third quarter,
        the sun's attraction in part counteracts the effect of the
        moon's attraction, thus producing under the moon a smaller
        tide than usual, called the neap tide.
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     Note: The flow or rising of the water is called flood tide,
           and the reflux, ebb tide.
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     3. A stream; current; flood; as, a tide of blood. "Let in the
        tide of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide."
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     4. Tendency or direction of causes, influences, or events;
        course; current.
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              There is a tide in the affairs of men,
              Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
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     5. Violent confluence. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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     6. (Mining) The period of twelve hours.
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     Atmospheric tides, tidal movements of the atmosphere
        similar to those of the ocean, and produced in the same
        manner by the attractive forces of the sun and moon.
     Inferior tide. See under Inferior, a.
     To work double tides. See under Work, v. t.
     Tide day, the interval between the occurrences of two
        consecutive maxima of the resultant wave at the same
        place. Its length varies as the components of sun and moon
        waves approach to, or recede from, one another. A
        retardation from this cause is called the lagging of the
        tide, while the acceleration of the recurrence of high
        water is termed the priming of the tide. See Lag of the
        tide, under 2d Lag.
     Tide dial, a dial to exhibit the state of the tides at any
     Tide gate.
        (a) An opening through which water may flow freely when
            the tide sets in one direction, but which closes
            automatically and prevents the water from flowing in
            the other direction.
        (b) (Naut.) A place where the tide runs with great
            velocity, as through a gate.
     Tide gauge, a gauge for showing the height of the tide;
        especially, a contrivance for registering the state of the
        tide continuously at every instant of time. --Brande & C.
     Tide lock, a lock situated between an inclosed basin, or a
        canal, and the tide water of a harbor or river, when they
        are on different levels, so that craft can pass either way
        at all times of the tide; -- called also guard lock.
     Tide mill. (a) A mill operated by the tidal currents.
        (b) A mill for clearing lands from tide water.
     Tide rip, a body of water made rough by the conflict of
        opposing tides or currents.
     Tide table, a table giving the time of the rise and fall of
        the tide at any place.
     Tide water, water affected by the flow of the tide; hence,
        broadly, the seaboard.
     Tide wave, or Tidal wave, the swell of water as the tide
        moves. That of the ocean is called primitive; that of bays
        or channels derivative. See also tidal wave in the
        vocabulary. --Whewell.
     Tide wheel, a water wheel so constructed as to be moved by
        the ebb or flow of the tide.
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