tidal wave

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tidal wave a wave resulting from the periodic flow of the tides that is caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and sun
    • n tidal wave an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide
    • n tidal wave an overwhelming manifestation of some emotion or phenomenon "a tidal wave of nausea","the flood of letters hit him with the force of a tidal wave","a tidal wave of crime"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tsunamis ( tidal waves ) travel as fast as jet planes.
    • Tidal wave See Tide wave, under Tide. Cf. 4th Bore.
    • Tidal wave the swell of water as the tide moves. That of the ocean is called primitive; that of bays or channels derivative. See also tidal wave in the vocabulary.
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Usage

In literature:

If, like Canute, it cannot arrest the tidal wave, it is subjecting it to laws and formulas.
"Continental Monthly , Vol V. Issue III. March, 1864" by Various
Another heiau was destroyed by a tidal wave.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
Gibson had not been missing for more than twenty-four hours before a tidal wave of crime swept the city.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
He sat, vaguely hoping there might be tidal waves, earthquakes, cataclysms.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The tidal wave of progress, once repulsed, is not likely to subside forever.
"The Arena" by Various
Stirring up a tidal wave.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
The sea came back once more, though the tidal wave was not so high as before.
"The Island Treasure" by John Conroy Hutcheson
The milk of human kindness comes surging back into me like a tidal wave.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 22, 1914" by Various
The Nation was on the tidal wave of the most wonderful industrial boom in its history.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Deeper and deeper, deeper and deeper, till the salt sea clasped them around the armpits, and the tidal waves began to break over their heads!
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

The tidal wave of deeper souls
Into our inmost being rolls,
And lifts us unawares
Out of all meaner cares.
"Noble Deeds" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The tidal wave of deeper souls
Into our inmost being rolls,
And lifts us unawares
Out of all meaner cares.
"Santa Filomena. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If, for the tidal wave of life
Mistook a little ripple blue,
While fathoms deep below your line
The sea's lost treasures sleep for you;
"Congratulation" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
As the sea in the strait sea-caves,
The sound came straitened and strange;
A noise of the rending of graves,
A tidal thunder of waves,
The music of death and of change.
"Tenebrae" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
In what cold seas, under what winters' reign,
— Who can e'er know, O nacreous, fragile Shell! —
Hast thou through current, wave and tidal swell,
In shallows and abysses restless lain?
"The Shell" by Jose Maria de Heredia y Giraud
Each creek becomes a river, each pool a little sea,
The tidal wave comes rushing on, men know not where to flee,
But on he rides, still shouting, as angels did of old,
"Flee! Flee ye to the mountain! Flee! forsake your homes and gold!"
"The Johnstown Disaster, 1889" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

A Tidal Wave Of Uneducated Students.
Tidal Wave Hits Cumberland County (1950).
Tidal wave ' of homeless students hits schools.
Newspaper tidal wave hits Denver, Rocky's final edition.
Tidal wave , June 23rd.
A Democratic Tidal Wave in New Hampshire.
A Tidal Wave Of Money.
Today's Top Tune is " Tidal Wave .".
Husky Song: " Tidal Wave " Album: Forever So.
Obama coasts to victory on demographic tidal wave .
Obama coasts to victory on demographic tidal wave.
Husky Free the Beasts in 'Tidal Wave'.
This new Hawaiian oyster bar has hit Huntington village like a tidal wave.
When Eric Migicovsky posted on Kickstarter his prototype for a sleek watch that integrates with iPhone and Android devices, he didn't anticipate the tidal wave of support it would receive.
Husky Free the Beasts in 'Tidal Wave'.
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In science:

Information of the tidal disruption is reflected in a clear relation between the compactness of the neutron star and an appropriately defined “cutoff frequency” in the gravitational-wave spectrum, above which the spectrum damps exponentially.
Gravitational waves from spinning black hole-neutron star binaries: dependence on black hole spins and on neutron star equations of state
For a binary with (Q, a) = (3, 0.75), gravitational waves show a sudden decrease in the amplitude at tret ≈ 27 ms, which is a clear signature of tidal disruption.
Gravitational waves from spinning black hole-neutron star binaries: dependence on black hole spins and on neutron star equations of state
For binaries with (Q, a) = (3, ≤ 0), on the other hand, gravitational waves end up with ringdown waveforms associated with the remnant BHs because the tidal effect is very weak throughout the merger.
Gravitational waves from spinning black hole-neutron star binaries: dependence on black hole spins and on neutron star equations of state
It is noteworthy that the BH-NS binary with a high mass ratio of Q & 5 is a more promising target for ground-based gravitational-wave detectors if the BH has a prograde spin and the NS tidal disruption occurs.
Gravitational waves from spinning black hole-neutron star binaries: dependence on black hole spins and on neutron star equations of state
The waves in turn interact with the tidal field to produce a stress that increases the disk eccentricity exponentially in time.
Three Dimensional MHD Simulation of Circumbinary Accretion Disks: Disk Structures and Angular Momentum Transport
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