1. The sea, tide; salt water.
Kua ngaru te tai.
The sea is rough;
Te ka‘atea ‘uā ra te ‘ukā-tai i te pae tai.
The foam showed white on the beach. Tai pī , full tide, high tide.
KAre i te tai pī , te va‘a atū ra.
It’s not high tide, it’s going out. Tai marō, tai va‘a, low tide. Tai va‘a, tai ‘eke (Mang. dial.), outgoing tide. Tai ka‘u, tai kapu (Mang. dial.), incoming tide. Tai roto, lagoon.
Kāre ‘e tai roto i te reira ‘enua.
There is no lagoon on that island.
2. loc.n. Seaward.
Nekea ki tai ake.
Move towards the sea a bit;
E ‘oro koe ki tai i te ‘ōire.
Run down (seaward) to the village (e.g. from the plantations inland).
3. n. Sauce made from salt water. Tai ‘akari, a sauce made from coconut cream and salt water often with lime juice added, coconut sauce.
Tī to‘ua tō ika ki te tai ‘akari.
Dip your fish in the coconut sauce. Tai vaka, plain sea water used as sauce.
Ka meitaki ‘ua te tai ‘oe vaka ‘ei tī to‘u i te matū puaka.
Salt water will do for sauce with the pork fat.