from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To surge up.
  • n. A rapid or abrupt rise: an upsurge in violent crime.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a sudden strong rise or flow
  • v. to surge up, or to become stronger or greater

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To surge up. The Century, XXVI. 130.

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

  • n. a sudden or abrupt strong increase
  • n. a sudden forceful flow


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  • There has been an upsurge in the use of the word surge.

    April 8, 2007