Definition of Tidal wave

1. Noun. An overwhelming manifestation of some emotion or phenomenon. "A tidal wave of crime"

Generic synonyms: Manifestation



2. Noun. An unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide.

3. Noun. A wave resulting from the periodic flow of the tides that is caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and sun.
Generic synonyms: Moving Ridge, Wave

Definition of Tidal wave

1. Noun. A large and sudden rise and fall in the tide. ¹

2. Noun. (proscribed) A large, sudden, and disastrous wave of water caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean; a tsunami. (See Usage notes below.) ¹

3. Noun. (figuratively) A sudden and powerful surge. ¹

4. Noun. (archaic) A crest of ocean water; a wave. ¹

5. Noun. (context: oceanography) A crest of ocean water resulting from tidal forces. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Tidal wave

1. The wave between the percussion wave and the dicrotic wave in the downward limb of the arterial pulse tracing. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tidal Wave

tidal energy
tidal flow
tidal force
tidal forces
tidal influence
tidal island
tidal islands
tidal locking
tidal prism
tidal regime
tidal river
tidal stream
tidal volume
tidal volumes
tidal waters
tidal wave (current term)
tidal waves
tidal zone
tidalite
tidalites
tidally
tidally locked
tidbit
tidbits
tiddier
tiddies
tiddiest
tiddle
tiddled
tiddledywinks

Literary usage of Tidal wave

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1. Roughing It by Mark Twain (2001)
"The earthquakes caused some loss of human life, and a prodigious tidal wave swept inland, carrying every thing before it and drowning a number of natives. ..."

2. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Charles Robert Cross (1861)
"Шип™ 1 lunar tidal-wave on Lake Michigan, at Chicago; and thirty minutes after the period of the moon's meridian passage as the average time of lunar high ..."

3. Reconstruction, Political and Economic, 1865-1877 by William Archibald Dunning (1907)
"CHAPTER XV THE "tidal wave" OF 1874 grave conditions in financial and industrial affairs after the panic of September, 1873, naturally gave full occupation ..."

4. Reconstruction, Political and Economic, 1865-1877 by William Archibald Dunning (1907)
"CHAPTER XV THE "tidal wave" OF 1874 • THE grave conditions in financial and industrial affairs after the panic of September, 1873, naturally gave full ..."

5. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, Charles Robert Cross, John Trowbridge, Samuel Kneeland, George Bliss (1861)
"diurnal lunar tidal-wave on Lake Michigan, at Chicago; and thirty minutes after the period of the moon's meridian passage as the average time of lunar high ..."

6. John L. Stoddard's Lectures: Supplementary Volume[s]. by John Lawson Stoddard (1901)
"... and for a moment I could not join in the grand old harmony, upon whose volume the royal carriage seemed to move along, as on a tidal wave of sound. ..."

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