tidal wave

noun

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 A month later, farther up the coast, an earthquake struck and caused a tidal wave. National Geographic, "Darwin's first—and only—trip around the world began a scientific revolution," 11 June 2020 Congress created the program in March with very loose restrictions, an attempt to give the Trump administration flexibility to spray billions of dollars across the economy as quickly as possible to try to contain a tidal wave of layoffs. Anchorage Daily News, "After a messy start, enormous Paycheck Protection Program shows signs of buttressing economy during pandemic," 10 June 2020 Congress created the program in March with very loose restrictions, an attempt to give the Trump administration flexibility to spray billions of dollars across the economy as quickly as possible to try to contain a tidal wave of layoffs. Jonathan O’connell, BostonGlobe.com, "Following messy start, enormous Paycheck Protection Program shows signs of buttressing economy," 9 June 2020 Discipline and staying away from a tidal wave of pre-snap penalties is something any good coaching staff can implement even early in the season. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Can the Browns come to rescue of Cleveland sports fans? New idea for defensive end," 7 June 2020 Hardly alone, Garbus is one in a tidal wave of travelers destined to try out RV vacationing for the first time this summer. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Beginner's Guide to Renting an RV," 3 June 2020 Floyd’s death, which was caught on camera, set off a tidal wave of unrest as Americans took to the streets to condemn the tragedy and honor the memory of others killed at the hands of police. Washington Post, "Nickelodeon thinks kids are ready for a conversation about race," 2 June 2020 Those cuts were no doubt even larger in April, and the report will also show large losses in retail, which has seen a tidal wave of business closings and bankruptcies. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "The Jobs Numbers Will Be Terrible. Here’s How to Interpret Them.," 6 May 2020 The company was inspired to create the suit after seeing a tidal wave of positive COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Florida following spring break. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Would You Wear This Thing to Concerts?," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of tidal wave

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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25 Jun 2020

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“Tidal wave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidal%20wave. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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tidal wave

noun

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

tidal wave

noun

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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