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The rush of water from a breaking wave onto a beach. Also called swash.


an upward rush, as of consciousness



1. an upward rush, as of water or air.
2. an abrupt increase.
References in classic literature ?
The coiling uprush of smoke streamed across the sky, and through the rare tatters of that red canopy, remote as though they belonged to another universe, shone the little stars.
It was heavy, this vapour, heavier than the densest smoke, so that, after the first tumultuous uprush and outflow of its impact, it sank down through the air and poured over the ground in a manner rather liquid than gaseous, abandoning the hills, and streaming into the valleys and ditches and watercourses even as I have heard the carbonic-acid gas that pours from volcanic clefts is wont to do.
He had read many descriptions of love, and he felt in himself none of that uprush of emotion which novelists described; he was not carried off his feet in wave upon wave of passion; nor was Miss Wilkinson the ideal: he had often pictured to himself the great violet eyes and the alabaster skin of some lovely girl, and he had thought of himself burying his face in the rippling masses of her auburn hair.
So, hard upon the uprush of the first German air-fleet, these Asiatic swarms took to the atmosphere.
But the follower's wing tip chases the leader's along the same path and thus catches the vortex's helpful uprush of air.
That something can even produce an uprush of joy as one dies.
The authors describe Myers's ideas that genius is a supernormal uprush of inspiration from the subliminal mind and that psi and genius-level inspiration emerge from the deepest levels of the subliminal realm.