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 And in 2020, a tidal wave of contributions in the aftermath of protests over George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police meant the BLM organization needed much more infrastructure. Aaron Morrison, ajc, 17 May 2022 Residents who for years escaped infection were swept up in the resulting tidal wave of cases, though for many, the severity of illness has been lessened by vaccines, the availability of therapeutics and other factors. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 The videos and memes were just the latest in a tidal wave of content about the trial that dominated the Internet for much of the past two months. Taylor Lorenz, Washington Post, 2 June 2022 The heightened pressure to deliver earnings and the need to pay more to service debt will inevitably force a pullback — at least in the short term — in the tidal wave of spending on content production, marketing and distribution. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 25 May 2022 At the same time, the grave real-world consequences of juvenile caprices and compounding injustices come crashing into family life like a tidal wave. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 19 May 2022 Benson was amid a recruiting tidal wave, picking up Southeastern Conference offers after just one year on campus, and Cook decided to poke fun at Benson’s success. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 12 June 2022 Riding that emotional tidal wave, Calmese capped his career with 34 points and 10 rebounds in the program's first state title, a 64-58 win over top-seeded Tucson Salpointe Catholic. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2022 Boston was coming off a loud, statement-making romp over the Heat in Game 2 of these Eastern Conference finals, and many expected that tidal wave to continue on what appeared to be an inextricable march to the Finals. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tidal wave

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of tidal wave was in 1830

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13 Aug 2022

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“Tidal wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidal%20wave. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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