groundswell

noun
ground·​swell | \ ˈgrau̇nd-ˌswel How to pronounce groundswell (audio) \

Definition of groundswell

1 usually ground swell : a broad deep undulation of the ocean caused by an often distant gale or seismic disturbance
2 : a rapid spontaneous growth (as of political opinion) a groundswell of support

Examples of groundswell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unless there's a belated groundswell for Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater, Kupp has probably locked up comeback player of the year honors. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 8 of the 2019 NFL season," 28 Oct. 2019 But nationally, with a groundswell of political momentum growing out of the California Legislature for college athletes to be able to profit from their name, image and likeness, Swinney comes off like an anachronism. J. Brady Mccollough, chicagotribune.com, "Clemson’s Dabo Swinney makes $9.3 million a year but doesn’t think players should be paid. Why?," 7 Oct. 2019 But nationally, with a groundswell of political momentum growing out of the California legislature for college athletes to be able to profit from their name, image and likeness, Swinney comes off like an anachronism. Los Angeles Times, "Dabo Swinney makes $9.3 million a year but doesn’t think players should be paid. Why?," 4 Oct. 2019 Shortly after the release of the compilations, evidence of a modern groundswell appeared. Nathan Taylor Pemberton, The New Yorker, "The Case for New Age Music as American Folk Art," 3 Oct. 2019 Trump ordered the transcripts released following days of mounting pressure from Congress, and a new groundswell of support among Democrats who favor impeachment. Josh Dawsey, The Denver Post, "Transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian president shows him offering U.S. assistance for Biden investigation," 25 Sep. 2019 There’s also a groundswell for movies made by local producers, led mostly by Nigeria’s Nollywood movie makers and South Africa’s distribution platforms including Multichoice and Showmax. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "Lupita Nyong’o’s take on Chimamanda’s Americanah for HBO will help Hollywood’s Africa blind spot," 15 Sep. 2019 There's a nice groundswell and a lot of dancing action on the bait. cleveland, "Hurricane Dorian takes aim at Carolinas; relief effort underway in Bahamas," 5 Sep. 2019 In 2016 a groundswell of support helped him launch his massive creative space, Studio BE. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Painting The Town Black: Brandan “BMike” Odums Breathes Life Into The Corners Of New Orleans," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of groundswell

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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groundswell

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English Language Learners Definition of groundswell

: a fast increase in the amount of public support for something (such as a political cause or candidate)

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