: 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 Hydrologists call it a seiche. Bruce Barcott, Outside Online, 25 Aug. 2011 Devils Hole is home to the endangered pupfish, a unique breed that can face short-term challenges following the geological phenomenon, technically called a seiche. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2022 Unlike tsunamis, which can take hours to reach land after an earthquake at sea, these moving water bodies, known as a seiche, surged out instantaneously after the massive asteroid crashed into the sea. Katie Hunt, CNN, 11 May 2022

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Word History

Etymology

French

First Known Use

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seiche was circa 1839

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“Seiche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seiche. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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