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

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That doesn’t mean that substantial legal challenges don’t exist — the Obama administration’s Title IX guidance initiated a tidal wave of campus due-process violations, to take one example — but speech on college campuses is legally free. David French, National Review, "Courage Is the Cure for Political Correctness," 20 Aug. 2019 The landslide that caused the temple to slide into the canal was the result of an earthquake, which also caused a tidal wave that leveled most of the city. Fox News, "Mysterious destroyed temple and treasure discovered in underwater 'Egyptian Atlantis'," 25 July 2019 The Donner/Shuler-Donner production should cause a tidal wave of appreciative family boxoffice for Warner Bros. Like a Disney classic, the studio should re-release Willy seven years down the line. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Free Willy': THR's 1993 Review," 16 July 2019 No thunder noises or tidal waves, as sometimes accompany the breaking apart of ice. Elizabeth Rush, National Geographic, "Here's what Antarctica's calving glaciers look like up close," 12 Mar. 2019 The tweet went viral, amassing over 40,000 likes and resulting in a tidal wave of strangers asking him for help. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "A teacher opens his home to students with deported parents. The tweet went viral.," 19 June 2019 Kelly, Lucas and the Bears’ other pro scouts spent that Friday preparing for the tidal wave of cuts. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "'Whoa, this is going down!' Story time at Bears100 Celebration includes how they traded for Khalil Mack," 9 June 2019 That trend is not entirely surprising or unique as a tidal wave of baby boomers everywhere continues to age. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "Census shows an influx of folks 25 to 39 years old in Bexar County," 19 June 2019 Solar flares can last for minutes to hours, and if one is aimed at Earth, the resulting tidal wave of radiation can have a variety of impacts on our world. Victoria Jaggard, National Geographic, "Solar flares, explained," 30 Apr. 2019

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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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