from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A very large ocean wave caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption.
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- n. A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A great tidal disturbance which may be caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or barometric depressions.
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- n. a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption
The term tsunami comes from two Japanese words that mean "harbor" and "wave."
The word tsunami is Japanese for harbor wave, and many times the worst physical damage comes once the waves enter the confines of a harbor, said Costas Synolakis, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Tsunami Research Center at the University of Southern California.
The question I find myself asking is: If the word tsunami originates from the Japanese language because earthquakes are a frequent event there why would anyone in their right mind build a nuclear reactor right on top of a fault line?
And the Japanese, after all, invented the term tsunami.
"If the word tsunami originates from the Japanese language because earthquakes are a frequent event there why would anyone in their right mind build a nuclear reactor right on top of a fault line?"
In other words, in Japanese the word tsunami seems to cover any huge wave that could wipe out a town, be it caused by an especially high tide, a storm, or earthquake.
In the land that coined the term "tsunami," the word never came up in Nuclear Wonderland.
Former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger predicts the decision will lead to what he calls a tsunami of challenges to state and local gun laws.
A tsunami is actually a water-delivery effect, rather than simple energy delivery - there is a considerable volume of water moving, so an island in the middle of the ocean may notice the water level go up a bit, but most water simply moves around the island.
And once she lost them -- I mean, in a way it's the big hype, what you call the tsunami of hype or promotion that's launched her, also did her in, because it was both the telecast was so bad at the start, that people tuned it out.