- 1A sudden powerful forward or upward movement, especially by a crowd or by a natural force such as the waves or tide: flooding caused by tidal surgesMore example sentences
- He tosses it beyond a breaking wave, and it bobs and sinks in the maelstrom of receding water colliding with the next surge of the tide.
- If you go down Brigade Road, you can only inch forwards, pushed on by the surge of the crowd.
- The traffic light changed, the traffic cop motioned for the crowd to cross, there was a surge forward, and suddenly the whole tone of the demonstration changed.
- 1.1A sudden large increase, typically a brief one that happens during an otherwise stable or quiescent period: the firm predicted a 20% surge in salesMore example sentences
- Is that just a short-term boost, caused by a temporary surge in the oil price?
- Sports marketing companies are predicting a surge in the sales of Jordan merchandise.
- Most important, the turn for the better in the job market over the past year has supplied the household sector with a growth surge in income from wages and salaries.
- 1.2A major deployment of military forces to reinforce those already in a particular area.More example sentences
- Average turnaround time during the ground war surge rate flight operations was 23 minutes.
- The U.S. Navy will conduct a major "surge" exercise off the China coast later this Summer.
- During the surge, Task Force 385 managed the movement of 211,000 pieces of equipment through the port.
- 1.3A powerful rush of an emotion or feeling: Sophie felt a surge of angerMore example sentences
- She felt a surge of powerful emotions - fear, anger, and even power.
- The pace is slow and the mood sombre, even dreamy, cut across occasionally by great surges of emotion.
- Television appeals to emotion, a surge of emotion, and it doesn't really make much difference what the emotion is about.
- 1.4A sudden marked increase in voltage or current in an electric circuit.More example sentences
- The result is a surge of extra electric current into power systems and every other sort of cable.
- The hardware has been redesigned to prevent damage caused by short circuits or power surges.
- Voltage surges and spikes occur for a number of reasons.
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- 1(Of a crowd or a natural force) move suddenly and powerfully forward or upward: the journalists surged forwardMore example sentences
- The crowds surged forward immediately and smashed the sign.
- At about midday a truck pulled up and the crowd surged forward.
- The crowd was surging forward, deafening him with screams and cheers, more high pitched than not, as the majority of the throng pushing him forward seemed to be girls.
- 1.1Increase suddenly and powerfully, typically during an otherwise stable or quiescent period: shares surged to a record highMore example sentences
- He warned that unless supply continued to meet demand, prices would surge once again.
- The prospect of power cuts had risen during the late 1990s as demand for power surged in line with economic growth.
- The testing equipment-maker's shares surged as sales rose for the first time in six quarters.
- 1.2(Of an emotion or feeling) affect someone powerfully and suddenly: indignation surged up within herMore example sentences
- I hated this feeling, this indescribable and uncomfortable emotion surging up within me.
- I had so many emotions and feelings surging through me at the same time then - emptiness is just not the right description.
- My voice is loud, but also rather high-pitched, and on the verge of cracking with all of the emotion surging within me.
- 1.3(Of an electric voltage or current) increase suddenly.More example sentences
- He screamed in pain as he hit the portal, a blue electric current surging around his body.
- As the magnetic storm raged through the night, huge geomagnetically induced currents surged through the wires and cables.
- The current surged through my leg, and I screamed again.
late 15th century (in the sense 'fountain, stream'): the noun (in early use) from Old French sourgeon; the verb partly from the Old French stem sourge-, based on Latin surgere 'to rise'. Early senses of the verb included 'rise and fall on the waves' and 'swell with great force'.