tidal wave

noun

Definition of tidal wave

  1. 1 :  something overwhelming especially in quantity or volume <a tidal wave of tourists>

  2. 2a :  an unusually high sea wave that is triggered especially by an earthquakeb :  an unusual rise of water alongshore due to strong winds

Examples of tidal wave in a sentence

  1. a tidal wave of emotion

1851

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. 1 :  a very high sea wave that sometimes follows an earthquake

  2. 2 :  an unusual rise of water along a shore due to strong winds


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