Word of the Day: Tide
tide / tīd
1. regular rise and fall of the ocean caused by the pull of the sun and the moon
Time and tide wait for no men.
2. a current
Good luck comes in slender currents, misfortune in a rolling tide.
3. something that fluctuates by increasing or decreasing
A rising tide lifts all boats.
John F. Kennedy, 1917 – 1963
4. a large group accumulating or moving together
The tide of visitors will float slowly about the bottom of the valley as harmless scum collecting in hotel and saloon eddies, leaving the rocks and falls eloquent as ever.
John Muir, 1838 – 1914
5. a widespread leaning, attitude or movement
Have the courage to go against the tide of current values that do not conform to the path of Jesus.
Pope Francis, 1936 –
6. a sudden rush of emotions
When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.
Kristin Armstrong, 1973 –
7. a turning point; an opportunity
The tide of Fortune soon ebbs.
Silius Italicus, 26 – 101
8. a season or period of time (usually found as combination)
No one is innocent in the tide of history.
Diana Peterfreund, 1979 –
1. to ebb and flow like the waters of the ocean
Mr. Long had not boasted when he said that he and Anne had tided over the difficulty.
From “Robert Wreford’s Daughter” by Emma Jane Worboise, 1825 – 1887
2. to be carried along with ocean currents
Their images, the relics of the wreck,
torn from the naked poop, are tided back
By the wild waves, and, rudely thrown ashore.
From “Satire 6” by Persius 34 – 62, translated by John Dryden, 1631 – 1700
3. (archaic) to happen to; to take place
Let our daily inspiration flow in magnetic currents through the dirt under our feet, and then great hopes will go tiding through our daily toil.
From “Unity” Volume XVI, October 17, 1885
From the Anglo-Saxon noun tid (time).
Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.