Definition of tidal wave in US English:

tidal wave

noun

  • 1An exceptionally large ocean wave, especially one caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption.

    • ‘Officials fear they may have been washed away by tidal waves triggered after Friday's earthquake.’
    • ‘I don't think we can resolve problems like earthquakes and tidal waves.’
    • ‘There's meteor crashes, tidal waves, earthquakes and asteroids.’
    • ‘She pictured wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes and tidal waves.’
    • ‘So a lot of people think that there's always going to be a recession of the ocean before a tidal wave or tsunami hits.’
    • ‘Within 45 minutes they were aware of the danger of a giant tidal wave sweeping the Indian Ocean.’
    • ‘Thousands of people have spent idyllic holidays in the areas stricken by the tidal wave following the earthquake.’
    • ‘People had been predicting earthquakes and tidal waves, when we felt a few tremors.’
    • ‘I can't spend my days worrying about tidal waves and earthquakes and crazed dictators.’
    • ‘Tsunamis, or monster tidal waves generated by volcanic eruptions, leveled Hilo in 1946 and 1961.’
    • ‘The tidal waves and flooding uprooted land mines in war-torn Sri Lanka, threatening to kill or maim aid workers and survivors who are attempting to return to what's left of their homes.’
    • ‘In 1944 and again in 1946 the quakes generated significant tidal waves, or tsunamis, as well.’
    • ‘This applies equally to tornadoes, fires, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, avalanches, tidal waves and meteor strikes.’
    • ‘One version, now seen as discredited, suggests it was made possible by a tidal wave caused by an underwater volcanic eruption.’
    • ‘This displacement generated a tidal wave - tsunami - that fanned out across the Indian Ocean.’
    • ‘We are not cursed with ice storms, hurricanes, volcano eruptions or tidal waves.’
    • ‘The film also depicted a gigantic tidal wave flooding New York.’
    • ‘The Boxing Day earthquake and follow up tidal waves took the lives of more than 300,000 people, in countries rimming the northern Indian Ocean.’
    • ‘It said many buildings were destroyed and 17 coastal villages were flooded by tidal waves, leaving over 200 families homeless.’
    • ‘We have been shocked at the terrible news of the earthquake followed by the tidal waves which have caused so much terrible destruction and loss of human life.’
    flood, overflow, deluge, torrent, influx
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    1. 1.1 A widespread or overwhelming manifestation of an emotion or phenomenon.
      ‘a tidal wave of crime’
      • ‘By targeting media outlets they have turned a drop of poison into a tidal wave of terror.’
      • ‘The film, to be released in Britain in February, will be followed by a tidal wave of post-feminist fury.’
      • ‘Indeed, the network's commissioning editors appear to have been swept up by a tidal wave of baby-boom nostalgia.’
      • ‘With the job market slowly recovering, brace yourself for a tidal wave of employee turnover.’
      • ‘I assumed the squealing tires belonged to him and I was hit with a tidal wave of super emotions.’
      • ‘The events of the last year prove that both extremist and moderate governments in the Middle East are riding a tidal wave of resentment.’
      • ‘I felt a tidal wave of relief, an ecstatic joy that couldn't be tainted.’
      • ‘A tidal wave of remorse still remained tightly sealed inside him but for now, he had more immediate concerns with which to occupy his mind.’
      • ‘I sat up as my giggles died down, and watched as a tidal wave of relief fell over Scarlett and Reeve's features.’
      • ‘I felt a tidal wave of guilt - surely my love for Fay was blatantly obvious?’
      • ‘These days, we are almost hit with a tidal wave of information.’
      • ‘He felt a tidal wave of truth crushing him below its cruel weight, as the graveness of what he had done hit him.’
      • ‘The people and the media were also caught up in a tidal wave of political change that caught them all by surprise and elicited an awkward response.’
      • ‘She felt a tidal wave of emotions at the sight of him.’
      • ‘Alex is rocked by a tidal wave of emotion when he visits Benny in jail.’
      • ‘There is a tidal wave of disillusion in Scotland at the succession of disasters that have marred devolution's infancy.’
      • ‘And yet we're one of the leading players in a tidal wave of hatred and violence and division in the world.’
      • ‘A tidal wave of crime is coming over this country, and all this Minister can do is say that things are OK.’
      • ‘The project, for six former prisoners, has triggered a tidal wave of protest.’
      • ‘The response was a tidal wave of indignation from MPs, the vast majority of whom boycotted the questionnaire.’

Pronunciation

tidal wave

/ˈtaɪdl ˌweɪv//ˈtīdl ˌwāv/