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

n 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

n there are usually two high and two low tides each day

lunar time period
Type of:
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time

n something that may increase or decrease (like the tides of the sea)

“a rising tide of popular interest”
Type of:
fluctuation, variation
an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change

v rise or move forward

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

v cause to float with the tide

Type of:
set afloat

v 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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