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tide 1

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.
Phrasal Verb:
tide over
To support through a difficult period: I asked for $100 to tide me over till payday.

[Middle English, from Old English tīd, division of time; see dā- in Indo-European roots.]

tide 2

intr.v. tid·ed, tid·ing, tides Archaic
To betide; befall.

[Middle English tiden, from Old English tīdan; see dā- in Indo-European roots.]
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 of magpies: a flock.
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New information, especially about recent events and happenings.Often used in plural:
advice (often used in plural), intelligence, news, word.
Informal: scoop.
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An old word for the end of the day is, in fact, eventide, a time to reflect on, and to be grateful for, the way we buffeted the day's waves and tides to bring home good tidings (again, the tides) for our loved ones.
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