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Definition of Tide


  1. Time; period; season.
  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.
  3. A stream; current; flood; as, a tide of blood.
  4. Tendency or direction of causes, influences, or events; course; current.
  5. Violent confluence.
  6. The period of twelve hours.
  7. To cause to float with the tide; to drive or carry with the tide or stream.
  8. To betide; to happen.
  9. To pour a tide or flood.
  10. To work into or out of a river or harbor by drifting with the tide and anchoring when it becomes adverse.

Tide Quotations

Geoffrey Chaucer Quote
Time and tide wait for no man.
Geoffrey Chaucer

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.
William Shakespeare

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked.
Warren Buffett

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Tide Translations

tide in Dutch is tij, getij
tide in German is Gezeiten, Ebbe
tide in Italian is marea, bassa
tide in Latin is aestus estus
tide in Spanish is marea
tide in Swedish is tidvatten, flod

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