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Related to tides: neap tides, spring tides
a. The periodic variation in the surface level of the oceans and of bays, gulfs, inlets, and estuaries, caused by gravitational attraction of the moon and sun.
b. A specific occurrence of such a variation: awaiting the next high tide.
c. Flood tide.
2. Tidal force.
a. Something that increases, decreases, or fluctuates like the waters of the tide: a rising tide of skepticism; the shifting tide of the battle.
b. A large amount or number moving or occurring in a mass: an incoming tide of immigrants; a tide of angry letters.
c. A surge of emotion: felt an irresistible tide of sympathy for the defendant. See Synonyms at flow.
4. A time or season. Often used in combination: eventide; Christmastide; Shrovetide.
5. A favorable occasion; an opportunity.
v. tid·ed, tid·ing, tides
1. To rise and fall like the tide.
2. Nautical To drift or ride with the tide: tided off the reef; tiding up the Hudson.
To carry along with the tide.
To support through a difficult period: I asked for $100 to tide me over till payday.
intr.v. tid·ed, tid·ing, tides Archaic
To betide; befall.
- river estuary - The mouth of a river that is influenced by the tides.
- ebb - Suggests the receding of something (e.g. tides) that commonly comes and goes.
- riptide - Is actually a current, not a tide.
- canonical hours - The seven canonical hours of the church were called tides, and tide—from an Indo-European root meaning "to divide"—is used with other words to denote a definite interval of time: noontide, Eastertide, eventide, summertide, etc.
The regular rise and fall of sea level mainly due to the Moon’s gravitational pull on the Earth.