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The rush of water from a breaking wave onto a beach. Also called swash.
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an upward rush, as of consciousness
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1. an upward rush, as of water or air.
2. an abrupt increase.
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So, hard upon the uprush of the first German air-fleet, these Asiatic swarms took to the atmosphere.
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.
Guo, "Some exact solutions to multidimensional Landau-LIFshitz equation with uprush external field and anisotropy field," Nonlinear Analysis, vol.
In order to study the uprush of waves along coastline, Holman and Guza introduced the Argus time-lapse photography technique [1].
A flock of approximately 3-dozen Surf Scoters was foraging in the shallow swash zone--the part of the beach alternately inundated and exposed by uprush and backwash of tidal water.
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!" (Orwell [1934] 2001, 40-41).
uprush. Thirty years nearly after slavery and the liberty half cooked.
But the follower's wing tip chases the leader's along the same path and thus catches the vortex's helpful uprush of air.