• WordNet 3.6
    • v surge see one's performance improve "He levelled the score and then surged ahead"
    • v surge rise or heave upward under the influence of a natural force such as a wave "the boats surged"
    • v surge rise or move forward "surging waves"
    • v surge rise rapidly "the dollar soared against the yen"
    • v surge rise and move, as in waves or billows "The army surged forward"
    • n surge a sudden or abrupt strong increase "stimulated a surge of speculation","an upsurge of emotion","an upsurge in violent crime"
    • n surge a large sea wave
    • n surge a sudden forceful flow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. Any cup-shaped object placed over the ear produces the same effect.
    • Surge A large wave or billow; a great, rolling swell of water, produced generally by a high wind. "He that doubteth is like the surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed.""He flies aloft, and, with impetuous roar,
      Pursues the foaming surges to the shore."
    • Surge A spring; a fountain. "Divers surges and springs of water."
    • Surge The motion of, or produced by, a great wave.
    • Surge The tapered part of a windlass barrel or a capstan, upon which the cable surges, or slips.
    • v. t Surge (Naut) To let go or slacken suddenly, as a rope; as, to surge a hawser or messenger; also, to slacken the rope about (a capstan).
    • Surge (Naut) To slip along a windlass.
    • Surge To swell; to rise hifg and roll. "The surging waters like a mountain rise."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • surge To rise and fall, as a ship on the waves; especially, to ride near the shore; ride at anchor.
    • surge To rise high and roll, as waves: literally or figuratively.
    • surge Nautical: To slip back: as, the cable surges.
    • surge To let go a piece of rope suddenly; slack a rope up suddenly when it renders round a pin, a winch, windlass, or capstan.
    • n surge A spring; a fountain; a source of water.
    • n surge A large wave or billow; a great rolling swell of water; also, such waves or swells collectively: literally or figuratively.
    • n surge The act of surging, or of heaving in an undulatory manner.
    • n surge In ship-building, the tapered part in front of the whelps, between the chocks of a capstan, on which a rope may surge.
    • n surge Any change of barometric level which is not due to the passage of an area of low pressure or to diurnal variation. Synonyms See wave.
    • surge In electricity, to oscillate violently: said of oscillatory rushes of current.
    • surge To cause to rise and swell forth with a billowy motion.
    • n surge In electricity, a sudden rush of current; specifically, the violent oscillations which may occur in alternating-current circuits when the conditions for resonance are fulfilled, or which may be set up in conductors by the inductive action of lightning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Surge surj the rising or swelling of a large wave
    • v.i Surge to rise high: to swell
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  • D. H. Lawrence
    “The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action, in man.”
  • Martin Buber
    Martin Buber
    “When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. surgere, surrectum, to raise, to rise; sub, under + regere, to direct: cf. OF. surgeon, sourgeon, fountain. See Regent, and cf. Insurrection Sortie Source


In literature:

Another twenty minutes elapsed, then came the sounds of muffled footsteps, and of volatile spirit surging inside the petrol cans.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
There was an odd, almost electric, tingle of exhilaration in that radiant mist as it surged about their bodies.
"The Cavern of the Shining Ones" by Hal K. Wells
Into the girl's cheek surged a flame of crimson.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
The sergeant took it all with apparent resignation; but within him the troubled spirit was surging to and fro.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
A feeling of joy surged through me.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
Their rage surged the more hotly as they saw their husbands' quick capitulation.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
A feeling of confidence surged over her.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Fenwick felt a sudden surge of revulsion.
"The Great Gray Plague" by Raymond F. Jones
Armed bands were surging through the streets.
"Louis Philippe" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
The very touch of it, the warmth and life surging through her, gave a keener edge to his misery.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White

In poetry:

Only the wind and the surges
Moan and moan and moan,
But the little creek Coonana,
It sings in a merry tone.
"The Little Creek Coonana" by Clinton Scollard
Only the wind and the surges
Have aught to do with fears;
Only the wind and the surges
Tell the tale of tears.
"The Little Creek Coonana" by Clinton Scollard
Believe not what they urge
Of Eden isles beyond;
Turn back, from that tempestuous surge,
To thy own native land.
"A Death-Scene" by Emily Jane Bronte
Waiting around thy couch they stood
To guide thee o'er
The surging waves of death's cold flood,
To Canaan's shore.
"In Memoriam, On The Late Right Reverend Richard Allen, First Bishop Of The A. M. E. Church" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
What have we, Lord! to bind us
To this, the Pilgrims' shore?
Their hill of graves behind us,
Their watery way before, The wintry surge that dashes
Against the rocks they trod, Their memory, and their ashes:
Be Thou their guard, O God!
"Plymouth Dedication Hymn" by John Pierpont
Swiftly down the turbid torrent, as she sung her song she flew;
Like a swan upon the current, dancing rode the light canoe.
Hunters hurry in the gloaming; all in vain Wanata calls;
Singing through the surges foaming, lo she plunges o'er the Falls.
"The Legend Of The Falls" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

The Story Behind the US Troop Surge in Iraq.
The Generals' Insurgency Odierno's Surge.
Presidential race now a dogfight as Romney surges.
Barbee pitching lights out as Lady Rebels surge.
The surge in shoplifting is a global problem and retailers are looking for ways to secure their profits.
Meanwhile, a surge in aircraft orders boosted demand for products designed to last three or more years.
Civilian aircraft bookings, which are often volatile, slumped last month after a surge in July.
Presvis Surges to Dubai Duty Free Triumph.
Surging BRIC middle classes are eclipsing global poverty.
Surge protection devices… The concepts are simple, the solutions straightforward.
SurgeX International has unveiled its new SXN1230, a fixed installation unit that joins the SX1200 series of surge eliminators and AC power conditioners.
Every day you are subjected to a relentless surge of information and facts.
The Freelance Surge Is the Industrial Revolution of Our Time.
In the AAA division of Deep Run baseball, the Durham Bulls surged ahead in the final inning for a 14-9 win over the Schuylkill Valley Sports Burlington Bees.
Now its seeing a surge in low-income and minority students.

In science:

An overview of SURGE: a reusable comprehensive syntactic realization component.
A Flexible Shallow Approach to Text Generation
The work reported in this section precedes the current surge of interest in de Sitter space and accelerating universes.
Adventures in de Sitter space
This surge of interest was quite clear during the conference.
Physics of Gamma-Ray Bursts: Turbulence, Energy Transfer and Reconnection
In particular, large increases in luminosity might indeed be caused by a sudden surge in the accretion rate.
Crust cooling curves of accretion-heated neutron stars
The surge of activity over the past decade or so in the fields of supernovae and of gamma-ray bursts and their afterglows has led to renewed investigation into the behavior of strong shocks.
Self-similar solutions for relativistic shocks emerging from stars with polytropic envelopes