seiche

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n seiche a wave on the surface of a lake or landlocked bay; caused by atmospheric or seismic disturbances
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n seiche A name given in Switzerland, and especially on the Lake of Geneva, to certain irregular waves or fluctuations of the level of the water, which may be raised or lowered to the amount of several feet. The origin of these waves is generally considered to be sudden local variations in the barometric pressure, attended with the development of local cyclonic winds. A similar phenomenon on the shores of the Baltic is called (in German) see-bär, as meaning a sudden and temporary oscillation or fluctuation of the water-level in a lake or nearly or quite landlocked parts of the sea: it has been (incorrectly) Englished sea-bear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Seiche sāsh a remarkable fluctuation of the level observed on the Lake of Geneva and other Swiss lakes, probably due to local variations in the barometric pressure.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

The Vilaine receives the Meu and the Seiche, which are both navigable.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
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In news:

A mini tsunami, or 'seiche,' strikes on Lake Superior (VIDEO).
An interesting article in the Seiche – the publication of Minnesota Sea Grant seeks to answer the question as to whether or not fish eggs cultivated from the depths of Lake Superior can really be called caviar.
An interesting article in the Seiche - the publication of Minnesota Sea Grant seeks to answer the question as to whether or not fish eggs cultivated from the depths of Lake Superior can really be called caviar.
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