Definition of tidal wave in English:

tidal wave

noun

  • 1An exceptionally large ocean wave, especially one caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption (used as a nontechnical term for tsunami)

    Related tsunami
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She pictured wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes and tidal waves.’
    • ‘We are not cursed with ice storms, hurricanes, volcano eruptions or tidal waves.’
    • ‘I can't spend my days worrying about tidal waves and earthquakes and crazed dictators.’
    • ‘This applies equally to tornadoes, fires, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, avalanches, tidal waves and meteor strikes.’
    • ‘It said many buildings were destroyed and 17 coastal villages were flooded by tidal waves, leaving over 200 families homeless.’
    • ‘Tsunamis, or monster tidal waves generated by volcanic eruptions, leveled Hilo in 1946 and 1961.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Officials fear they may have been washed away by tidal waves triggered after Friday's earthquake.’
    • ‘Within 45 minutes they were aware of the danger of a giant tidal wave sweeping the Indian Ocean.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1944 and again in 1946 the quakes generated significant tidal waves, or tsunamis, as well.’
    • ‘Thousands of people have spent idyllic holidays in the areas stricken by the tidal wave following the earthquake.’
    • ‘There's meteor crashes, tidal waves, earthquakes and asteroids.’
    • ‘The film also depicted a gigantic tidal wave flooding New York.’
    • ‘People had been predicting earthquakes and tidal waves, when we felt a few tremors.’
    • ‘I don't think we can resolve problems like earthquakes and tidal waves.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘I assumed the squealing tires belonged to him and I was hit with a tidal wave of super emotions.’
      • ‘I felt a tidal wave of guilt - surely my love for Fay was blatantly obvious?’
      • ‘Indeed, the network's commissioning editors appear to have been swept up by a tidal wave of baby-boom nostalgia.’
      • ‘There is a tidal wave of disillusion in Scotland at the succession of disasters that have marred devolution's infancy.’
      • ‘He felt a tidal wave of truth crushing him below its cruel weight, as the graveness of what he had done hit him.’
      • ‘The film, to be released in Britain in February, will be followed by a tidal wave of post-feminist fury.’
      • ‘I felt a tidal wave of relief, an ecstatic joy that couldn't be tainted.’
      • ‘By targeting media outlets they have turned a drop of poison into a tidal wave of terror.’
      • ‘With the job market slowly recovering, brace yourself for a tidal wave of employee turnover.’
      • ‘These days, we are almost hit with a tidal wave of information.’
      • ‘The project, for six former prisoners, has triggered a tidal wave of protest.’
      • ‘The events of the last year prove that both extremist and moderate governments in the Middle East are riding a tidal wave of resentment.’
      • ‘And yet we're one of the leading players in a tidal wave of hatred and violence and division in the world.’
      • ‘She felt a tidal wave of emotions at the sight of him.’
      • ‘I sat up as my giggles died down, and watched as a tidal wave of relief fell over Scarlett and Reeve's features.’
      • ‘Alex is rocked by a tidal wave of emotion when he visits Benny in jail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The response was a tidal wave of indignation from MPs, the vast majority of whom boycotted the questionnaire.’
      • ‘A tidal wave of crime is coming over this country, and all this Minister can do is say that things are OK.’

Pronunciation

tidal wave

/ˈtīdl ˌwāv/