(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


(4)   Be carried with the tide
(5)   Cause to float with the tide
(6)   Rise or move forward
"Surging waves"

Etymology 1

From , from . Cognate with Dutch , German Danish, Norwegian and Swedish , and probably to Sanskrit , where a- is a negative prefix. Compare , , (preposition), .


  1. The periodic change of the sea level, particularly when caused by the gravitational influence of the sun and the moon.
  2. A stream, current or flood.
    Let in the tide of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide. — Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, III-iv
  3. (obsolete except in liturgy) Time, notably anniversary, period or season linked to an ecclesiastical feast.
    And rest their weary limbs a tideEdmund Spenser
    Which, at the appointed tide, Each one did make his bride — Edmund Spenser
    At the tide of Christ his birth — Fuller?
  4. The period of twelve hours.
  5. Something which changes like the tides of the sea.
  6. Tendency or direction of causes, influences, or events; course; current.
    There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. — Shakespeare. Julius Caesar, IV-iii
  7. Violent confluenceFrancis Bacon


  1. To cause to float with the tide; to drive or carry with the tide or stream.
    They are tided down the stream. — Feltham?
  2. To pour a tide or flood.
    The ocean tided most impressively, even frightening
  3. To work into or out of a river or harbor by drifting with the tide and anchoring when it becomes adverse.

Etymology 2

From tiden, tide, from .