tidal wave

noun
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of tidal wave

1 a :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

  1. a tidal wave of emotion

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First Known Use of tidal wave

1851


TIDAL WAVE Defined for English Language Learners

tidal wave

noun

Definition of tidal wave for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

tidal wave

noun

Definition of tidal wave for Students

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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