Definition of tidal wave in English:

tidal wave

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noun

  • 1An exceptionally large ocean wave, especially one caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption.
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    • Tsunamis, or monster tidal waves generated by volcanic eruptions, leveled Hilo in 1946 and 1961.
    • We are not cursed with ice storms, hurricanes, volcano eruptions or tidal waves.
    • One version, now seen as discredited, suggests it was made possible by a tidal wave caused by an underwater volcanic eruption.
  • 1.1A widespread or overwhelming manifestation of an emotion or phenomenon: a tidal wave of crime
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    • Alex is rocked by a tidal wave of emotion when he visits Benny in jail.
    • She felt a tidal wave of emotions at the sight of him.
    • I assumed the squealing tires belonged to him and I was hit with a tidal wave of super emotions.

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