from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The swell or crest of surface ocean water created by the tides.
- n. An unusual, often destructive rise of water along the seashore, as from a storm or a combination of wind and high tide.
- n. A tsunami.
- n. An overwhelming manifestation; a flood: a tidal wave of illicit drugs; an emotional tidal wave.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large and sudden rise and fall in the tide.
- n. A large, sudden, and disastrous wave of water caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean; a tsunami. (See Usage notes below.)
- n. A sudden and powerful surge.
- n. A crest of ocean water; a wave.
- n. A crest of ocean water resulting from tidal forces.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. A vast, swift wave caused by an earthquake or some extraordinary combination of natural causes. It rises far above high-water mark and is often very destructive upon low-lying coasts.
- n. an unusually high wave from the sea, sometimes reaching far inland and causing great destruction, and usually caused by some event, such as an earthquake, far from the shore. In Japan, such a wave is called a tsunami.
- n. an unusually large quantity of items or events requiring attention and causing strain on the capacity to handle them.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wave resulting from the periodic flow of the tides that is caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and sun
- n. an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide
- n. an overwhelming manifestation of some emotion or phenomenon
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