dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information


6 definitions found
 for tide
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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              And rest their weary limbs a tide.    --Spenser.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Which, at the appointed tide,
              Each one did make his bride.          --Spenser.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              At the tide of Christ his birth.      --Fuller.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The flow or rising of the water is called flood tide,
           and the reflux, ebb tide.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A stream; current; flood; as, a tide of blood. "Let in the
        tide of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide."
        --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. Tendency or direction of causes, influences, or events;
        course; current.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              There is a tide in the affairs of men,
              Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
                                                    --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. Violent confluence. [Obs.] --Bacon.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     6. (Mining) The period of twelve hours.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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
        time.
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tide \Tide\, v. i. [AS. t[imac]dan to happen. See Tide, n.]
     1. To betide; to happen. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
              What should us tide of this new law?  --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To pour a tide or flood.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Naut.) To work into or out of a river or harbor by
        drifting with the tide and anchoring when it becomes
        adverse.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tide \Tide\ (t[imac]d), v. t.
     To cause to float with the tide; to drive or carry with the
     tide or stream.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           They are tided down the stream.          --Feltham.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tide
      n 1: the periodic rise and fall of the sea level under the
           gravitational pull of the moon
      2: something that may increase or decrease (like the tides of
         the sea); "a rising tide of popular interest"
      3: there are usually two high and two low tides each day [syn:
         tide, lunar time period]
      v 1: rise or move forward; "surging waves" [syn: tide,
           surge] [ant: ebb, ebb away, ebb down, ebb off,
           ebb out]
      2: cause to float with the tide
      3: be carried with the tide

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  112 Moby Thesaurus words for "tide":
     affluence, afflux, affluxion, big drink, blue water, chronology,
     concourse, confluence, conflux, continuity, course, crosscurrent,
     current, defluxion, direct tide, downflow, downpour, drift,
     driftage, drink, duration, duree, ebb, ebb and flow, ebb tide,
     flood, flood tide, flow, flowing, fluency, flux, flux and reflux,
     full tide, gush, high sea, high seas, high tide, high water,
     hydrosphere, inflow, lastingness, low tide, low water, lunar tide,
     main, main sea, mill run, millrace, neap, neap tide, ocean,
     ocean depths, ocean main, ocean sea, onrush, onward course,
     opposite tide, outflow, period, psychological time, race,
     refluence, reflux, rip, riptide, run, rush, salt sea, salt water,
     sea, set, solar tide, space, space-time, spate, spring tide,
     stream, surge, tense, term, thalassa, thalassometer,
     the bounding main, the brine, the briny, the briny deep, the deep,
     the deep sea, the future, the past, the present, the seven seas,
     the vasty deep, tidal amplitude, tidal current,
     tidal current chart, tidal flow, tidal range, tide chart,
     tide gate, tide gauge, tide race, tide rip, tidewater, tideway,
     time, timebinding, trend, undercurrent, undertow, water flow,
     while
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  TIDE. The ebb and flow of the sea. 
       2. Arms of the sea, bays, creeks, coves, or rivers, where the tide ebbs 
  and flows, are public, and all persons may use the same for the purposes of 
  navigation and for fishing, unless restrained by law. To give these rights 
  at common law, the tide must ebb and flow: the flowing of the waters of a 
  lake into a river, and their reflowing, being not the flux and reflux of the 
  tides, but mere occasional and rare instances of a swell in the lake, and a 
  setting up of the waters into the river, and the subsiding of such swells, 
  is not to be considered an ebb and flow of the tide, so as to constitute a 
  river technically navigable. 20 John. R. 98. See 17 John. R. 195; 2 Conn. R. 
  481. 
       3. In Pennsylvania, the common law principle, that the flux and reflux 
  of the tide ascertain the character of the river, has been rejected. 2 Binn. 
  R. 475. Vide Arm of the sea; Navigable river; Sea shore. 
  
  

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229