Half-tide

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Half-tide the tide half-way between flood and ebb
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. healf (Ger. halb, Dan. halv); original meaning 'side.'

Usage

In literature:

I cal'late to catch the tide in about half an hour.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
Midway across is the Britannia Rock, just visible at half tide.
"The Iron Horse" by R.M. Ballantyne
In half an hour the tide will be roaring over the spot.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
A long gangway reached to a float for boats; here the water was deep enough to dive into at half tide.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
Those were called "half-tide ledges" by the fishermen.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
The tide was about at half-flow and running strongly; moreover, a breeze was coming up behind it from the south-west.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
And after dark, at half tide, Uncle Jake and myself worked hard.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Crew thought at first they'd reached safety, but they soon found it was only a half-tide ledge.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
It won't be half-tide till after ten.
"Eyebright" by Susan Coolidge
At half-tide she must be high and dry.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

But if upon the other side,
With passionate longing burning,
Will seek the half unjeweled tide,
And sing of Spring's returning.
"When Winter Darkening All Around" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
How keen her anguish to survey,
The tide fill half the cove;
Forth from its seat, with savage sway,
Her Halcyon's nest it drove.
"The Halcyon" by William Hayley
I have but caught, in leaping to the side
To let him pass in smoke and thunder, dim,
Faint half-heard echoes from that rushing tide,
Of song which follows him.
"Finis" by Alexander Anderson
And suddenly knew it still was good that morning,
Whatever else might happen in the world,
To see that noble tide now full and turning;
And in my grief I was half reconciled.
"For: Kenneth Slessor" by Douglas Alexander Stewart
What share of the world’s yearning-tide
That flash, when new day bare and white
Blots out my half-dream’s faint delight,
And there is nothing by my side,
And well remembered is farewell?
"Pain And Time Strive Not" by William Morris
Too busy was a servant-maid; she trotted half the night
From Macpherson's down to Rutherford's the tidings to recite.
A messenger was sent away who for his neck had no regard,
He returned with a troop of Traps in hopes of their reward.
"The Death of Morgan" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Alabama Crimson Tide's Trent Richardson eludes a pair of LSU defenders during the first half of the 2011 BCS National Championship game.
A half-inch might turn the tide .
A fast start to the first half by Alabama and a great defensive effort throughout on Ole Miss senior guard Chris Warren were just two of the reasons why the Crimson Tide posted a 74-64 win over the Rebels Saturday.
For Alabama, the Tide really turned in the second half.
While it doesn't clean as well as the Tide detergents , it costs half as much.
Tide overcomes adversity in first half .
Exploring the tide pools at Half Moon Bay.
Eddie Lacy rushed for three first-half touchdowns, AJ McCarron set Alabama's single-season record for passing TDs and the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide routed Western Carolina 49-0 on Saturday.
McCarron shook off a dismal second half and guided the Crimson Tide right down the field.
The Maroon Tide held the G-Girls to 8-of-50 shooting, 8 first-half points to win the MED title.
Washington Huskies tide end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) scores a touchdown against Washington State Cougars cornerback Brandon Golden (12) during the first half at Martin Stadium.
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In science:

Solar tides on the Moon (∼ 2 mm) occur at half the synodic period.
Improving LLR Tests of Gravitational Theory
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