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Tide, subst. 1) time; season: “set among the high --s in the calendar,” John III, 1, 86. With a pun: “flow this way! he keeps his --s well,” Tim. I, 2, 57. Perhaps also in the broken speech of Capulet: “day, night, hour, t., time, work, play, . . . my care hath been . . .,” Rom. III, 5, 178.
2) the alternate ebb and flow of the sea: “a' parted even just between twelve and one, even at the turning o' the t.” H5 II, 3, 14 (according to the old superstition that people die only in the time of ebb). “his ebbs, his flows, as if the passage and whole carriage of this action rode on his t.” Troil. II, 3, 141. “marks the waxing t.” Tit. III, 1, 95. “there is a t. in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune,” Caes. IV, 3, 218. “lackeying the varying t.” Ant. I, 4, 46. “at full of t.” III, 2, 49. More especially the flow: “as through an arch the violent roaring t. outruns the eye,” Lucr. 1667 (masc. Lucr. 1667 cf. Cor. V, 4, 50). “would thou mightst lie drowning the washing of ten --s,” Tp. I, 1, 61. “the approaching t. will shortly fill the reasonable shore,” V, 80. “the t. is now,” Gent. II, 2, 14. “you'll lose the t.” II, 3, 39. II, 3, 39 “both wind and t. stays for this gentleman,” Err. IV, 1, 46. “whose foot spurns back the ocean's roaring --s,” John II, 24. “a braver choice of dauntless spirits . . . did never float upon the swelling t.” John II, 24 “Iwas amazed under the t., but now I breathe again aloft the flood,” IV, 2, 138. “half my power . . . are taken by the t.” V, 6, 40. H4B II, 3, 63. H5 I, 2, 149. IV, 1, 101. H6A V, 5, 6. H6C I, 4, 20. II, 5, 6. III, 3, 48; IV, 3, 59 and V, 1, 53 “(wind and t.).” V, 4, 31. H8 V, 4, 18. Troil. III, 3, 159. Cor. V, 4, 50.
Metaphorically; denoting a) a state of being at the height or in superabundance: my uncontrolled t. (of desire) “turns not, but swells the higher by this let,” Lucr. 645. “what a t. of woes,” R2 II, 2, 98. “turn the t. of fearful faction,” H4A IV, 1, 67. “the t. of blood in me hath flowed in vanity,” H4B V, 2, 129. “the t. of pomp that beats upon the high shore of this world,” H5 IV, 1, 281. “I have important business the t. whereof is now,” Troil. V, 1, 90. “let in the t. of knaves,” Tim. III, 4, 118. Used of copious tears: Ven. 957. Ven. 957 Lucr. 1789. Gent. II, 2, 14. H6A I, 1, 83. -- b) a regular course and process: “the noblest man that ever lived in the t. of times,” Caes. III, 1, 257.
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