The tide is the daily rise and fall of the sea level. You can count on the regular changing patterns of the tide, unless of course a tsunami is headed your way.

In a figurative sense, tide can mean a rising swell of support or unified feeling about a certain opinion or topic. So you may surf at high tide but also enjoy the rising tide of enthusiasm about surfing. If there is a wave of anything — immigration, inflation, terror — it can be referred to as a tide. No surfboards can navigate those tricky waves.

Definitions of tide
  1. noun
    the periodic rise and fall of the sea level under the gravitational pull of the moon
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    high tide, high water, highwater
    the tide when the water is highest
    low tide, low water
    the lowest (farthest) ebb of the tide
    the tide while water is flowing out
    flood, flood tide, rising tide
    the occurrence of incoming water (between a low tide and the following high tide)
    lee tide, leeward tide
    a tide that runs in the same direction as the wind is blowing
    slack tide, slack water
    the occurrence of relatively still water at the turn of the (low) tide
    direct tide
    the occurrence of high tide on one side of the earth coinciding with high tide on the opposite side
    neap, neap tide
    a less than average tide occurring at the first and third quarters of the moon
    a greater than average tide occurring during the new and full moons
    type of:
    periodic event, recurrent event
    an event that recurs at intervals
  2. noun
    lunar time period (there are usually two high and two low tides each day)
    synonyms: lunar time period
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    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  3. noun
    something that may increase or decrease (like the tides of the sea)
    “a rising tide of popular interest”
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    type of:
    fluctuation, variation
    an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
  4. verb
    rise or move forward
    synonyms: surge
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    ebb, ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out
    flow back or recede
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    course, feed, flow, run
    move along, of liquids
  5. verb
    cause to float with the tide
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    set afloat
  6. verb
    be carried with the tide
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    be adrift, blow, drift, float
    be in motion due to some air or water current
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