seiche

noun
\ ˈsāsh How to pronounce seiche (audio) , ˈsēch How to pronounce seiche (audio) \

Definition of seiche

: an oscillation of the surface of a landlocked body of water (such as a lake) that varies in period from a few minutes to several hours

Examples of seiche in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On top of that, wind whipping across the lake created a long, slanted upheaval of water called a seiche that - topped with ravenous waves - eroded the shoreline to within 15 feet of the lift station. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 20 Aug. 2021 Stay away from the banks of any large body of water, where earthquakes may trigger tsunami-like seiche waves even in fjords or lakes. Cody Cassidy, Wired, 9 Apr. 2021 High winds had raised water levels on the eastern end of Lake Erie in a phenomenon known as a seiche and then, according to the New York Power Authority, driven ice over a boom upstream from the river. Fox News, 28 Dec. 2019 The wind will push water from the west to east, flooding lakeshore areas near Buffalo in a phenomenon called a seiche. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 31 Oct. 2019 The scientists estimate that there were two seiches, around twenty minutes apart. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 1 Apr. 2019 Wind and weather conditions on the lakes can form a massive, dangerous wave known as a seiche, which will oscillate back and forth across the lake for hours or days. Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, 17 Feb. 2017 Lake Erie is particularly known for seiches, which have breached sea walls, caused flooding, and even caused fatalities in the past. Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, 17 Feb. 2017 Lake Erie is particularly known for seiches, which have breached sea walls, caused flooding, and even caused fatalities in the past. Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, 17 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of seiche

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seiche

French

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27 Aug 2021

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“Seiche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seiche. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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