tidal wave


Definition of tidal wave

1a : an unusually high sea wave that is triggered especially by an earthquake
b : an unusual rise of water alongshore due to strong winds
2 : something overwhelming especially in quantity or volume a tidal wave of tourists

Examples of tidal wave in a Sentence

a tidal wave of emotion
Recent Examples on the Web Just as disasters are followed by a tidal wave of help that will fade over time, leaders can expect that their energy level, as well as others’, will waiver. Constance Dierickx, Forbes, 10 May 2021 In its 16 games last season, Philadelphia started 14 different offensive-line combinations because of the tidal wave of injuries that washed over the team’s guards and tackles. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 7 May 2021 This triggered a tidal wave of new consumer expectations that shook brick-and-mortar retailers to their core. Shawn Harris, Forbes, 18 May 2021 But the decision could nonetheless be a sea change for the way governments think about intellectual property — a hole in the IP dam that unleashes a tidal wave. Damian Garde, STAT, 9 May 2021 Meanwhile, in 48 precincts, the proposal faced a tidal wave of no votes of 80% or more. Michael Nyerges, The Enquirer, 6 May 2021 An outburst flood occurs when one of the naturally occurring dams break, sending a tidal wave of water out of the depression. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 6 May 2021 His response, however, doesn’t explain the other manager’s tidal wave of anger. Anchorage Daily News, 20 Apr. 2021 But experts say that changes in behavior and the influence of new variants have combined to produce a tidal wave of new cases. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of tidal wave

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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2 Jun 2021

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“Tidal wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidal%20wave. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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tidal wave


English Language Learners Definition of tidal wave

: a very high, large wave in the ocean that is often caused by strong winds or an earthquake
: a very large amount of something

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Kids Definition of tidal wave

1 : a very high sea wave that sometimes follows an earthquake
2 : an unusual rise of water along a shore due to strong winds


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