Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Between the two was a wild abyss of work, of despair, of tiding over.

Thus from Menelaus the youth Telemachus got tiding of his father.

Carleton still withheld the certificate, and the young engineer had had the greatest difficulty in tiding over his payments.

I think there are more ways of tiding over this evil hour than by war, even if we were doubly strong with men and guns.

But we are not asking too much if we expect their aid in tiding over the first and most difficult moments.

One or two vessels were tiding it up in the midst of the stream, with a motion scarcely perceptible.

On the other hand, coffee is of sovereign efficacy in tiding over the nervous system in emergencies.

And when the two marshals were come to the prince, he demanded of them if they knew any tiding of the French king.

I succeeded in tiding myself through the first picnic without getting drunk.

As a means of tiding over a merely temporary crisis, as indeed it was intended by its authors to be, it would have done no harm.


Old English tid "point or portion of time, due time," from Proto-Germanic *tidiz "division of time" (cf. Old Saxon tid, Dutch tijd, Old High German zit, German Zeit "time"), from PIE *di-ti- "division, division of time," suffixed form of root *da- "to divide, cut up" (cf. Sanskrit dati "cuts, divides;" Greek demos "people, land," perhaps literally "division of society;" daiesthai "to divide;" Old Irish dam "troop, company").

Meaning "rise and fall of the sea" (mid-14c.) is probably via notion of "fixed time," specifically "time of high water;" either a native evolution or from Middle Low German getide (cf. also Dutch tij, German Gezeiten "flood tide"). Old English seems to have had no specific word for this, using flod and ebba to refer to the rise and fall. Old English heahtid "high tide" meant "festival, high day."

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.