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  • n. The action or an instance of a surge.
  • v. Present participle of surge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rising of waves, or as if of waves.
  • n. In electricity, the undulatory movement of an electric charge, the motion being wave-like in character.
  • n. The condition of resonance: applied to electric eircuits when capacity, inductance, and frequency are so related to one another that the capacity reactance neutralizes the inductive reactance and high currents may flow at destructive voltages; synchronous apparatus when the electrical constants and the mechanical momentum are so related as to cause an oscillation of high amplitude and thereby an unsteady operation; steam-engines when the periods of the swing of the governors are equal and the engines alternately take up and drop the load, thereby causing unsteadiness of operation of the electric machines driven by the engines. Also called hunting, pumping, and resonance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by great swelling waves or surges


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  • The Dyea River as of old roared turbulently down to the sea; but its ancient banks were gored by the feet of many men, and these men labored in surging rows at the dripping tow-lines, and the deep-laden boats followed them as they fought their upward way.


  • Field Judge: Gary CavalettoSummaryBack to topBrees, Colston connect for 3 TDs in surging Saints '31-10 rout of Niners - Football - New Orleans vs. San Francisco

  • While some folks welcome a respite from the endless rounds of Calendas (ceremonial parades, often including a Saint or other Holy Relic on a palanquin), fireworks displays, concerts and dance performances, and the jam of booths selling food and tchatsckes (knickknacks; gewgaws; precious treasures; junk), the more hearty partiers among us, our adrenalin surging still, long for the comfort of the crowd.

    An orphan's Christmas in Oaxaco

  • Huckabee has been "surging" -- or increasing his share -- in Iowa basically all along.

    Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Polls: Huckabee Moving Up In Iowa

  • Third is the escalating -- oops, I mean 'surging' -- of the Iraq War.

    James Pinkerton: A Leak From An Undisclosed Location

  • Philadelphia: Andre Iguodala, Reggie Evans, Samuel Dalembert, Andre Miller, Willie GreenCleveland: LeBron James, Drew Gooden, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Eric Snow, Sasha PavlovicSummaryBack to topMiller, Iguolada score 20 points apiece in surging 76ers '92-86 win over slumping Cavaliers

  • Muslim critics are calling his surging popularity here part of a wave of Islamophobia in the West, citing the move to ban burqa coverings in France and minarets in Switzerland and opposition to the construction of an Islamic center near Ground Zero in the United States.

    Economist's views on Muslims spark controversy in Germany

  • A few weeks later, the same phenomenon took place when Vice President Joe Biden made the same point at the Democratic National Convention where the idea of surging troops into Afghanistan got a very cool reception.

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  • If President Bush had any lingering doubts about how the new Democrat-controlled Congress would react to the idea of surging thousands of additional troops into Iraq, the incoming Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, my friend Ike Skelton of Missouri, cleared those up for him this week.

    Rep. Jane Harman: Harman to President Bush: Send More Troops to Iraq...NOT!

  • Isn't it true when you get right to the bottom line on this that Admiral Fallon didn't agree with the idea of surging troops into Iraq?

    CNN Transcript Jun 3, 2008


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