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 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, "2019 in review: The top 5 craziest weather moments," 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, "60 mph wind gusts mean a drop of 30 degrees and Lake Erie waves up to 20 feet on Halloween," 31 Oct. 2019 The scientists estimate that there were two seiches, around twenty minutes apart. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Annihilation Event That Killed The Dinosaurs Left This Diverse Graveyard Trapped in Time," 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, "These Unbelievable Photos of Lake Erie Show How Powerful Nature Can Be," 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, "These Unbelievable Photos of Lake Erie Show How Powerful Nature Can Be," 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, "These Unbelievable Photos of Lake Erie Show How Powerful Nature Can Be," 17 Feb. 2017 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, "These Unbelievable Photos of Lake Erie Show How Powerful Nature Can Be," 17 Feb. 2017 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, "These Unbelievable Photos of Lake Erie Show How Powerful Nature Can Be," 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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“Seiche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seiche. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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