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

The terrifying footage spread on social media over the weekend, showing a tidal wave of snow balloon over the road: Despite the harrowing ordeal, nobody was hurt in the incident, according to local reports. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Harrowing Video Shows Massive Avalanche Blanket Colorado Highway," 4 Mar. 2019 And adding volume to the mix, Fashion East served up tidal waves of windswept texture, frozen in place with heavy gel, of course. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 20 Feb. 2019 This was the year when Big Tech companies were humbled, their reputations tarnished, and their share prices clobbered by a tidal wave of political outrage over misinformation, censorship, and data abuse. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Beware the Big Tech Backlash," 19 Dec. 2018 That puts India at the epicenter of a global conundrum: How to accommodate the escalating needs for electricity without setting off an unsustainable tidal wave of energy use? Russell Gold, WSJ, "Can India Afford to Cool Down?," 21 Nov. 2018 Meghan and Harry flew home today, surfing a tidal wave of popularity following a near flawless tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Tour of Australia Is Crucial to the Future of the Monarchy," 1 Nov. 2018 For Ferrer, the exiled relative, the unearthing of the grave where Brines is thought to be unleashed a tidal wave of hope and sadness. Aritz Parra, Fox News, "In Spain, renewed efforts to appease victims of dictatorship," 28 Aug. 2018 And the ripple effects of the women’s courage that day have turned into a tidal wave. Jason Schmidt, Glamour, "The Army of Women Who Took Down Larry Nassar," 30 Oct. 2018 Angry and frustrated over corruption and violence, Mexican voters delivered a tidal wave presidential election victory to leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, giving him a broad mandate to upend the political establishment and govern for the poor. Mark Stevenson, Peter Orsi And Christopher Sherman, Houston Chronicle, "Mexico gives leftist Lopez Obrador big presidential win," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of tidal wave

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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