TIDE, n.1. Time; season. Which, at the appointed tide, Each one did make his bride.[This sense is obsolete.]2. The flow of the water in the ocean and seas, twice in a little more than twenty four hours; the flux and reflux, or ebb and flow. We commonly distinguish the flow or rising of the water by the name of flood-tide, and the reflux by that of ebb-tide. There is much less tide or rise of water in the main ocean, at a distance from land, than there is at the shore, and in sounds and bays.3. Stream; course; current; as the tide of the times. Time's ungentle tide.4. Favorable course. There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.5. Violent confluence. [Not in use.]6. Among miners, the period of twelve hours.7. Current; flow of blood. And life's red tide runs ebbing from the wound.
TIDE, v.t. To drive with the stream.
TIDE, v.i. To work in or out of a river or harbor by favor of the tide, and anchor when it becomes adverse.