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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.
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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.
Uprush is quicker than down-wash and material is thrown on top of the berm up to the height of the swash surge (Nott et al.
Based on analysis of concrete gravity dam's seepage characteristic, this paper proposes a novel statistical model of foundation uplift pressure considering the nonlinear influence of antecedent reservoir water level and rainfall and introduces the mutation factor to simulate the uprush feature of the pressure during typhoon.
Veraswami, believes that Burma ruled by the Burmese had been a place of "dirt and torture and ignorance," but since the British took over the transformation is unquestionable: "Look at the whole uprush of modern progress
But the follower's wing tip chases the leader's along the same path and thus catches the vortex's helpful uprush of air.
But the uprush of air is still lifting him higher and higher.
That something can even produce an uprush of joy as one dies.
That was the same time period when you had this enormous uprush of securitization and you had this enormous distribution of highly-rated, high-yield securitized debt to investors who were misled as to the risks inherent in that debt.
Ure notes that these plays, particularly The Hour Glass, are "entirely swamped by the uprush of the 'system'" (95), but comments (a propos of Auden's elegy for Yeats) that "Auden was wrong, for, while it is true that A Vision has no intrinsic value, in its intimate relationship with the poetry it meant everything--or nearly everything--to Yeats the artist" (95).