Definition of groundswell in English:

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groundswell

Pronunciation: /ˈɡraʊn(d)ˌswɛl/

noun

1An increase in a particular opinion among a large section of the population: a groundswell of opposition developed
More example sentences
  • He said there was a groundswell of opinion among backbenchers, and said he had been involved with a statement released detailing the plans.
  • There is also a groundswell of opposition among some independent financial advisers.
  • There was a groundswell of political opinion that art was thought to be for rich people.
2A large or extensive swell in the sea.
Example sentences
  • The wreck is well broken among rocks, spread out and so close in that even on a flat-calm day the groundswell sloshes the boat up and down as it moves in as close as possible to drop divers off.
  • We had to get within 1.5 miles of the reef before we could distinguish the rocks from the groundswell breaking over them.
  • A gentle groundswell was building over the reef and washing well up the rock.

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