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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Despite the tidal wave of trouble Sharron had coming, Ax couldn't help envying her a little.
Dortmunder went to bed early and lay awake awhile, thinking about water: dirty dark water all around his own personal head, or billions of gallons of water crashing in a tidal wave into Dudson Falls and Dudson Center and East Dudson.
Poseidon also, in his anger at the Kretans, who were charged with appeasing the Minotaur, sent a tidal wave across the Great Green, destroying the olive orchards and the wine harvests of Kretos, laying salt upon the earth to prevent any new growth.
The oath resembled a wavelet far out to sea; a few took it at once, and having taken it, persuaded others to do so, until it became a tidal wave of swearing.
The lake was hold-your-breath still, but I swore I could still hear Dad's howl of delight as he cannonballed off the dock, his knees pressed tightly against his chest, his smile just south of sane, the upcoming splash a virtual tidal wave in the eyes of his only son.
The tidal wave created by Krakatoa destroyed 40,000 people, and the air wave from the concussion pulsated three times round the world.
I race inside and tear my pants down as a tidal wave of water rushes out of me in loud, gushing gasps and wallops that sound like a car crash.
The more Dunross thought about this new ploy the more excited he became, certain now that this information and proof positive in the right Peking hands would cause a tidal wave in Soviet-Chinese relations.