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TIDAL WAVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tidal wave mean? 

TIDAL WAVE (noun)
  The noun TIDAL WAVE has 3 senses:

1. an overwhelming manifestation of some emotion or phenomenon
2. an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide
3. a wave resulting from the periodic flow of the tides that is caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and sun

  Familiarity information: TIDAL WAVE used as a noun is uncommon.


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TIDAL WAVE (noun)


Sense 1tidal wave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An overwhelming manifestation of some emotion or phenomenon

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context examples:

a tidal wave of nausea / the flood of letters hit him with the force of a tidal wave / a tidal wave of crime

Hypernyms ("tidal wave" is a kind of...):

manifestation (a clear appearance)


Sense 2tidal wave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("tidal wave" is a kind of...):

calamity; cataclysm; catastrophe; disaster; tragedy (an event resulting in great loss and misfortune)

moving ridge; wave (one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water))


Sense 3tidal wave [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A wave resulting from the periodic flow of the tides that is caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and sun

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("tidal wave" is a kind of...):

moving ridge; wave (one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water))


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