Tidal wave
Tidal Tid"al, a. Of or pertaining to tides; caused by tides; having tides; periodically rising and falling, or following and ebbing; as, tidal waters. [1913 Webster]

The tidal wave of deeper souls Into our inmost being rolls, And lifts us unawares Out of all meaner cares. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

{Tidal air} (Physiol.), the air which passes in and out of the lungs in ordinary breathing. It varies from twenty to thirty cubic inches.

{Tidal basin}, a dock that is filled at the rising of the tide.

{Tidal wave}. (a) See {Tide wave}, under {Tide}. Cf. 4th {Bore}. (b) A vast, swift wave caused by an earthquake or some extraordinary combination of natural causes. It rises far above high-water mark and is often very destructive upon low-lying coasts. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Tidal wave — Tid al wave, n. 1. an unusually high wave from the sea, sometimes reaching far inland and causing great destruction, and usually caused by some event, such as an earthquake, far from the shore. In Japan, such a wave is called a {tsunami}. [PJC] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tidal wave — tidal ,wave noun count 1. ) a very large wave that causes a lot of damage when it hits the land 2. ) a large amount of something: a tidal wave of crime/opposition …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • Tidal wave — The term tidal wave can refer to:*A tidal bore, a large movement of water formed by the funneling of the incoming tide into a river or narrow bay *A rogue wave of up to 100 feet high, often in the middle of the ocean and against prevailing… …   Wikipedia

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  • Tidal wave — Tide Tide, n. [AS. t[=i]d time; akin to OS. & OFries. t[=i]d, D. tijd, G. zeit, OHG. z[=i]t, Icel. t[=i]?, Sw. & Dan. tid, and probably to Skr. aditi unlimited, endless, where a is a negative prefix. [root]58. Cf. {Tidings}, {Tidy}, {Till}, prep …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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