tidal wave


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tidal wave

n.
1. The regularly occurring elevation of the ocean's surface water at high tide. Also called tidal bulge.
2.
a. An unusual, often destructive rise of water along the seashore, as from onshore storm winds or a combination of wind and high tide. Also called storm surge.
b. A tsunami. Not in scientific use.
3. An overwhelming manifestation; a flood: a tidal wave of illicit drugs; an emotional tidal wave.

tidal wave

n
1. (Physical Geography) a name (not accepted in technical usage) for tsunami
2. (Physical Geography) an unusually large incoming wave, often caused by high winds and spring tides
3. a forceful and widespread movement in public opinion, action, etc

tid′al wave`


n.
1. (not in technical use) a large, destructive ocean wave, produced by a seaquake, or strong wind. Compare tsunami.
2. either of the two great wavelike swellings of the ocean surface that move around the earth on opposite sides and give rise to tide, caused by the attraction of the moon and sun.
3. any powerful or widespread movement, opinion, etc.: a tidal wave of protest.
[1820–30]

tidal wave

1. The swell or crest of surface ocean water created by the tides.
2. An unusual rise in the level of water along a seacoast, as from a storm or a combination of wind and tide.
3. A tsunami.
Usage In everyday speech, we use the word tidal wave to refer to a gigantic and enormously destructive wave caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption—what scientists would properly call a tsunami. When scientists use the word tidal wave, they normally are referring to an unusually large wave or bulge of water that sometimes occurs around a high tide. These tidal waves are certainly big and powerful, but they are tiny in comparison with tsunamis.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tidal wave - an overwhelming manifestation of some emotion or phenomenon; "a tidal wave of nausea"; "the flood of letters hit him with the force of a tidal wave"; "a tidal wave of crime"
manifestation - a clear appearance; "a manifestation of great emotion"
2.tidal wave - an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide
calamity, catastrophe, tragedy, disaster, cataclysm - an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
moving ridge, wave - one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
3.tidal wave - a wave resulting from the periodic flow of the tides that is caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and suntidal wave - a wave resulting from the periodic flow of the tides that is caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and sun
moving ridge, wave - one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
Translations
مَوْجَه مَدِّيَّه أو جَزْرِيَّه
ničivá vlna
flodbølgetsunami
aaltohyökyhyökyaaltotsunamitulva
cunamifellángolásszökõárszökőár
flóîalda
潮波
cunami
golftsunamivloedgolf
ničivá vlna
flodvågtsunami
deprem dalgası

tidal wave

nonda di marea (fig) (of protest, enthusiasm) → ondata

tide

(taid) noun
the regular, twice-a-day ebbing and flowing movement of the sea. It's high/low tide; The tide is coming in / going out.
ˈtidal adjective
of or affected by tides. tidal currents; a tidal river.
tidal wave
an enormous wave in the sea, caused by an earthquake etc.
References in classic literature ?
All in the same fraction of an instant, earthquake, tidal wave, volcanic eruption, the thunder of the heavens and the fire-flashing of an electric bolt from the sky smote him and smote consciousness out of him.
As he had swept all men before him, so now Joe Welling was carrying the two men in the room off their feet with a tidal wave of words.
At that time," he went on, "a great tidal wave of selfishness was sweeping over human thought.
He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars and over the face of dead matter that did not move.
Here the flood of big business struck with the force of a tidal wave.
He was still reeling from the spiritual impact with this female tidal wave when he became aware, as one who, coming out of a swoon, hears voices faintly, that he was being addressed by Miss Leonard.
But before she could speak, Harold, the office-boy, entered the room with a card, and the conversation was swept away on a tidal wave of work.
Already there was a fresh commotion in-doors; the tidal wave of excitement which had swept all.
A gigantic eruption, like that of Krakatoa a few years ago, with the accompanying earthquakes, tidal waves, and clouds of volcanic dust, changes the face of the surrounding landscape beyond recognition, bringing down the high lands, elevating the low, making fair lakes where deserts had been, and deserts where green prairies had smiled before.
Tornadoes, hurricanes, waterspouts, and tidal waves were so many obstacles to the way of a ship on the sea and of a master on the bridge--they were that to him, and nothing more.
Despite tidal wave after tidal wave of home pressure, the Telford defence remained resolute, with Jon Hedge in goal having barely a save to make.
TOURISTS take photos with their smartphones as a tidal wave hits a bank along the Qiantang River in Haining, China, yesterday.